Heart attack

Common Name(s)

Heart attack, Myocardial infarction

A heart attack or myocardial infraction (MI), occurs when the heart is not getting enough oxygen. The oxygen-rich blood the heart muscle needs to do its work flows through the arteries. Most often, a heart attack occurs when a blood clot blocks the arteries. Blood clots can form when plaques (a buildup of fat, cholesterol, or other substances on arteries wall) rupture. When oxygen can’t reach a part of the heart muscle, that part becomes damaged. Common symptoms of a heart attack include pressure, tightness, or pain in the chest or arms; nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain; shortness of breath, cold sweats, fatigue, or dizziness. Symptoms and severity may vary, especially in women. Symptoms may start slowly and build over time. It is important to call for emergency medical help immediately if you think you or someone else is having a heart attack.

There are many factors that put you at risk for a heart attack. Age, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history of heart attack, obesity, stress, lack of exercise, certain autoimmune conditions (like arthritis or lupus), and illegal drug may all increase your risk. An electrocardiogram (EKG) is typically used to diagnose heart attacks. EKGs monitor heart rate and rhythm and can show if a heart attack is in progress or has already happened. Other tests include blood tests, chest x-rays, and echocardiogram. A cardiac catheterization may be used to check for blockages in the arteries that supply the heart. Medications such as aspirin, and blood thinners, and special heart medications may be used to manage the pain and prevent future attacks. Surgical procedures such as coronary angioplasty or coronary artery bypass may be suggested. Diet changes and an exercise plan may also be part of recovery and prevention plan. Talk with your doctor about the latest treatment options. Support groups are also good resources for support and information.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Heart attack" returned 189 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Family history and body mass index predict perceived risks of diabetes and heart attack among community-dwelling Caucasian, Filipino, Korean, and Latino Americans--DiLH Survey.
 

Author(s): Yoshimi Fukuoka, JiWon Choi, Melinda S Bender, Prisila Gonzalez, Shoshana Arai

Journal: Diabetes Res. Clin. Pract.. 2015 Jul;109(1):157-63.

 

The purpose of the study was to explore the perceived risk for diabetes and heart attack and associated health status of Caucasian, Filipino, Korean, and Latino Americans without diabetes.

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2015

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Manual Thrombus Aspiration Is Not Associated With Reduced Mortality in Patients Treated With Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: An Observational Study of 10,929 Patients With ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction From the London Heart Attack Group.
 

Author(s): Daniel A Jones, Krishnaraj S Rathod, Sean Gallagher, Ajay K Jain, Sundeep Singh Kalra, Pitt Lim, Tom Crake, Mick Ozkor, Roby Rakhit, Charles J Knight, M Bilal Iqbal, Miles C Dalby, Iqbal S Malik, Mark Whitbread, Anthony Mathur, Simon Redwood, Philip A MacCarthy, Roshan Weerackody, Andrew Wragg

Journal: JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2015 Apr;8(4):575-84.

 

This study aimed to assess the impact of thrombus aspiration on mortality in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2015

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The terms "Heart attack" returned 13 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Warning signs of a heart attack.
 

Author(s): Joseph P Ornato, Mary M Hand

Journal: Circulation. 2014 Mar;129(11):e393-5.

 

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2014

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The role of the emergency services in the optimisation of primary angioplasty: experience from London and the Heart Attack Team.
 

Author(s): Miles Dalby, Mark Whitbread,

Journal: EuroIntervention. 2013 Aug;9(4):517-23.

 

Early ambulance services often confined their activities to a "scoop and run" approach, conveying sick patients quickly to the nearest emergency department. With the advent of modern ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) management and primary percutaneous coronary intervention ...

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2013

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Public awareness of heart attack symptoms: what should we look for and how will it help?
 

Author(s): Jing Fang

Journal: Future Cardiol. 2011 Nov;7(6):849-51.

 

Last Updated: 4 Nov 2011

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High-sensitivity Troponin T in Acute Myocardial Infarction After Cardiac Valvular Surgery
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Myocardial Infarction; Disorder; Heart, Functional, Postoperative, Cardiac Surgery; Myocardial Infarction; Heart Valve Diseases

 

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2015

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Can Hypothermia be Incorporated Into Primary Angioplasty for Heart Attack?
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction

 

Last Updated: 4 Nov 2015

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Last Updated: 4 Feb 2016

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