What is a Heart Attack

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We are all too familiar with the term, but do we really know what is a heart attack? In summary, a heart attack is the result of disease of the heart’s arteries, this is called coronary heart disease or CHD.

heart attack plaque rupture A heart attack may occur when blood supply to the heart muscle is reduced or totally blocked. The reduction or blockage happens when one or more of the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle is blocked by a build-up of waxy, fat-like deposits of cholesterol within the artery itself. This build-up is called a plaque. A plaque may cause severe blockage of an artery or it may burst or rupture causing a blood clot to form that may also block the artery.

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If the blood supply to part of the heart is blocked is for more than a few minutes, the actual muscle cells of the heart will suffer permanent injury and die. The medical term for heart attack is myocardial infarction. The above is a brief description of what is a heart attack, the links below will provide you with more detailed information about heart attacks, such as symptoms, prevention, warning signs, risk factors and much more. Please take you time and learn all you need to know.

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