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What is the definition of an "acute heart attack?"

What is the definition of an "acute heart attack?"

Coronary artery: Traditionally an acute heart attack implies a sudden and unexpected decrease in coronary artery blood flow, often from artery blockage or spasm, resulting in symptoms or death. However, often other conditions causing sudden or aborted sudden death, such as abnormal heart rhythms, with normal arteries, are referred to in the press as a heart attack as well . Can be confusing. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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Can heart attack signs persist for days before an actual heart attack?

Can heart attack signs persist for days before an actual heart attack?

Yes: I think u mean symptoms. A ht atak occurs wen a partial block starts to hemorrhage and shuts down the artery completely.This -> the onset of severe persistent chest Sx.Some times the hemorrhagic block is partial and then complete and then partial again. If this occurs the Sx may wax & wane, a so called stuttering ht attack.Such waxing and waning Sx must not b ignored. Seek med help ASAP.Gd luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between impending heart attack symptoms and actual heart attack symptoms?

What is the difference between impending heart attack symptoms and actual heart attack symptoms?

Continuum: Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! there is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of extreme shaking all over the body with inability to move at all. Lasts for about 30-60 seconds. Had heart attack 3 weeks ago. ?

Sudden onset of extreme shaking all over the body with inability to move at all. Lasts for about 30-60 seconds. Had heart attack 3 weeks ago. ?

Get HELP!!!!: Not my area of expertise but saw this scrolling thru questions - please get emergent evaluation by MD!! If you are at home with someone notify them NOW about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a heart attack be caused by an acute stress reaction?

Yes: It has to do with catecholamines - stress hormones. I had an elderly lady patient who had a heart attack upon being told that her cat had died. ...Read more

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And, how many people who have an actual panic attack and subsequently have a heart attack die?

And, how many people who have an actual panic attack and subsequently have a heart attack die?

Panic & heart attack: Not common, nocause & effect, unless cardiovascular status is already compromised & effect of medications add to that. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more