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vision after heart attack
vanursh posted:
I had a nstemi or non-stl hear attack on Tuesday. I got out of the hospital yesterday and am a little overwhelmed with this new world I;ve been thrown into. I'm only 40, so this was unexpected to say the least.

My questions is about my vision. It's hard to explain, but it feels different. I've always had floaters and have been really sensitive to light, but it feels almost like there is extra brightness in my vision field.

I don't know if this makes sense, but I was wondering if vision changes are common after a heart attack and if they tend to go away, or might this be a new normal?

Thank you
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
Vision changes are not particularly common in my experience. It is possible to have visual changes related to a medical procedure, like a coronary angiogram, that might have been performed after your heart attack. However, more people might describe a loss or change in vision rather than bright spot like you mention.

Definitely a good idea to mention this to your doctor.

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