A septal infarct is a region of the dead, dying, or deteriorating tissue.
The wall of tissue that divides your heart’s right and left ventricles is known as the septum. The term “septal infarct” is also used.
During a cardiac attack, an insufficient blood supply frequently results in septal infarction (myocardial infarction). The majority of the time, this injury is irreversible.
“Septal infarct, age uncertain” – what does that mean?
Dizziness and chest discomfort are common sudden signs of heart attacks. However, a heart attack that results in a septal infarct can occasionally occur without any warning and go unnoticed. It can only be found through heart surgery or an electrocardiogram (ECG) test.
The ECG result “septal infarct, age indeterminate” indicates that the patient may have experienced a heart attack at an unknown time in the past. The results are often confirmed by a second test because the results could also be the consequence of improper placement of the electrodes on the chest during the examination.
Signs of a septal infarction
A septal infarct often remains undiscovered until it is found via surgery or an ECG.
The signs of a heart attack that causes a septal infarct might either be mild enough to be overlooked or identical to those of a regular heart attack:
- chest or arm pressure, pain, or ache; neck, jaw, or back pressure, pain, or ache
- nausea; indigestion or heartburn
- stomach discomfort
- shortness of breath
- cold sweat
Not everyone experiencing a heart attack exhibits the same symptoms or symptoms of the same severity. The likelihood that you are having a heart attack increases as you experience more heart attack symptoms.
Have someone drive you to the hospital if you believe you are having a heart attack, or contact an ambulance right away. Your chances of making a full recovery are increased the sooner you seek medical assistance.
What treatment is available for a septal infarct
Your doctor might recommend medication to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure if you’ve experienced a septal infarct.
They’ll also probably advise making changes to lead a healthy lifestyle, such as avoiding tobacco products, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, decreasing stress, maintaining a healthy diet, reducing sodium intake, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
Unless your doctor detects a septal infarct during surgery or an ECG, you generally won’t know if you do. Once you’ve been given the all-clear, your doctor will probably suggest the best lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, your doctor can recommend medication to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure.