Heart Attack

Heart attack, also called Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), occurs when the heart does not get enough blood supply. It is a well-known medical emergency. Note that “cardiac arrest” is the medical name when the heart actually stops beating, and that “heart failure” is a very different disease. The best ...

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Introduction: Heart Attack

Every 43 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, occurs when a part of the heart muscle doesn’t receive enough blood flow. The more time that passes without ...1

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Symptoms of Heart Attack

Don't Wait--Get Help Quickly Acting fast at the first sign of heart attack symptoms can save your life and limit damage to your heart. Treatment works best when it's given right after symptoms occur. Many people aren't sure what's ...2

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Complications of Heart Attack

Anxiety and Depression After a Heart Attack After a heart attack, many people worry about having another heart attack. Sometimes they feel depressed and have trouble adjusting to new lifestyle changes. Talk about how you feel with your health care ...3

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Causes of Heart Attack

Heart attacks most often occur as a result of coronary heart disease (CHD), also called coronary artery disease. CHD is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich ...4

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Causes List for Heart Attack

Some possible causes of Heart Attack or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Heart Attack

Some types of this condition may include:6 Types of Heart Attack:

  • acute anterolateral myocardial infarction
  • acute inferolateral myocardial infarction
  • acute inferoposterior infarction
  • strictly posterior acute myocardial infarction
  • subendocardial infarction acute myocardial infarction
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Diagnosis of Heart Attack

How Is a Heart Attack Diagnosed? Your doctor will diagnose a heart attack based on your signs and symptoms, your medical and family histories, and test results. Diagnostic Tests EKG (Electrocardiogram) An EKG is a simple, painless test that detects ...7

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Genetics of Heart Attack

Family history of early heart disease. Your risk increases if your father or a brother was diagnosed with heart disease before 55 years of age, or if your mother or a sister was diagnosed with heart disease before 65 years ...8

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Risk Factors for Heart Attack

The leading modifiable (controllable) risk factors for heart disease and stroke are:

Over time, these risk factors cause changes in the heart and blood ...9

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Misdiagnosis: Heart Attack

A heart attack usually doesn’t stay undiagnosed for long. However, the early stages can be misdiagnosed as being other causes of chest pain, such as acid reflux, GERD, etc. A person with a history of angina may incorrectly attribute ...

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Treatments: Heart Attack

How Is a Heart Attack Treated? Early treatment for a heart attack can pr event or limit damage to the heart muscle. Acting fast, by calling 9-1-1 at the first symptoms of a heart attack, can save your ...10

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Prevention of Heart Attack

How Can a Heart Attack Be Prevented? Lowering your risk factors for coronary heart disease can help you prevent a heart attack. Even if you already have coronary heart disease, you still can take steps to lower your risk for ...11

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Research for Heart Attack

NIH researchers are studying new drugs and procedures to help the heart and brain repair themselves and improve organ function. “But there is absolutely nothing that will save both your time and health as well as prevention,” says Dr. Jeremy ...12

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for a Heart Attack

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  1. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ heartdisease/ heart_attack.htm
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ heartattack
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ heartattack/ lifeafter
  4. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ heartattack
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Disease Ontology
  7. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ heartattack/ diagnosis
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ heartattack/ risks
  9. Source: Healthy People (DHHS): healthypeople.gov/ 2020/ topics-objectives/ topic/ heart-disease-and-stroke
  10. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ heartattack/ treatment
  11. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ heartattack/ prevention
  12. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ aug2014/ feature1
  13. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ heartattack/ names

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