How long will it take for my grandmother to recover from a heart attack that has left her with fluids in lungs

My grandmother, who is at the age of 75 suffered from a heart attack on Monday. This is the 6th day that she has been in the CCU. Her health is improving, but she has developed an edema in her lungs and she now has a breathing tube through her mouth as well as a ventilator. The doctors are not saying much, but they think the heart attack was caused by atherosclerosis. She has a bit of hypertension and high blood sugar, but she takes all her medication. The doctors have put her on insulin as well to monitor it. A stent has been inserted because of the blocked artery. Does anybody know if she will fully recover or if she will have to live with a ventilator her whole life? This is the 6th day in the CCU so how much longer will it take before they take out her tube? Will the fluid in the lungs come back in the future? And my last question; Will she live through this horrible ordeal?

Thanks
Update

Today, the doctor said that her x-ray is a little more foggier than yesterday, meaning that the fluid has come back.

Written By Evie Neumann

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  • Deliah April 6, 2009, 12:00 am

    6 days is not a long time for her medical conditions.

    There are ways to treat the fluid around her lungs and heart and yes it could come back.

    No one can tell you if she will live through this as NONE of us have her complete medical history.

    But I do hope she does well and they can take her off the ventilator soon an she can go home very soon.

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