5.2 – Patient Education – What Is A Heart Attack?

What is a heart attack? Follow the jump links below to learn more about the signs and treatment of a heart attack: Overview Risk Factors Signs and Symptoms When to Seek Medical Attention Screening and Diagnostic Tests Complications Prescription Medications for Initial Treatment Surgical and Other Procedures Overview The heart muscle requires a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to nourish it. The coronary arteries (large blood vessels that transport blood to the heart muscle) provide the heart with this critical blood supply. If you have coronary artery disease, those arteries become narrow and blood cannot flow as well as it should. Fatty matter, calcium, proteins, and inflammatory cells build up within the arteries to form plaques of different sizes. The plaque deposits are hard on the outside, and can be…
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5.1 – Patient Education – Education Overview

Education Overview Approximately 750,000 Americans have heart attacks each year. Survivors often suffer permanent damage to their hearts because they do not get help immediately. Irreversible injury to the heart muscle (or death) occurs if medical help is not received promptly. A heart attack, known as an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), can cause permanent damage to the heart muscle. "Myo" means muscle, "cardial" refers to the heart and "infarction" means death of tissue due to lack of blood supply. Years ago, a heart attack was often fatal. However, today, thanks to better awareness of signs and symptoms and improved treatments, the vast majority of people who have a heart attack survive. Many AMI survivors live a compromised lifestyle. However, lifestyle, diet, exercise level, and the way you handle stress play…
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