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What are the causes of heart attacks?

What are the causes of heart attacks?

Heart attack: Classic heart attack has a coronary artery plaque rupture. A clot forms at this spot which obstructs the artery. The downstream muscle gets ischemic then dies. This is the pathophysiologies. What causes the plaque rupture is variable. ...Read more

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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What are the causes of heart attacks to happen?

What are the causes of heart attacks to happen?

Heart attacks: Are caused by the rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque in a coronary artery. This can be triggered by increased pulse pressure in that artery. We don't understand all the triggers however. ...Read more

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What are the causes of heart attack?

What are the causes of heart attack?

Supply & demand: In simple terms, it is a mismatch between the supply of oxygen and nutrients to heart muscle and the needs/demands of the heart muscle. In effect, heart muscle suffocates. This can be caused by narrowed or blocked vessels (coronary arteries) limiting blood flow. Stress tests on treadmill increases work of heart and determine if you can increase supply to match demand. ...Read more

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What is the cause of heart attack in a previously normal 65 aged person?

What is the cause of  heart attack in a previously normal 65 aged person?

Coronary arteries: Coronary artery disease can be silent until a heart attack occurs and in fact almost half of all patients present with a heart attack as their first symptom of coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What are the causes of minor heart attacks?

What are the causes of minor heart attacks?

Stress: Any reason that will lead to stressing heart including infections, sepsis, and of course underlying coronary artery disease. Minor heart attacks are usually called demand ischemia in scientific terms. ...Read more

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What foods can cause or trigger heart attacks?

What foods can cause or trigger heart attacks?

No such thing: Food choices actually have far less effect on overall health than just eating moderately and staying fit. Stop worrying about some food causing you to get a heart attack right after you eat it. That's silly. This kind of scare stuff is made up by militant who have no reason to tell the truth. ...Read more

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What can cause a heart attack in men?

What can cause a heart attack in men?

See below: All the classical risk factors which include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history and if you have the above, a heart attack may be precipitated by stress including drugs, excessive drinking and sex, and many more. Live healthy and good luck! ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are the causes for a heart attack?

Risk for CAD: Here are the risks: positive family history, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure (over 140/90), smoker, male, diabetes, lots of stress, and no exercise. You get a heart attack when there is a blockage of any of the arteries serving the heart. ...Read more

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What can cause strokes & heart attacks?

What can cause strokes & heart attacks?

Heart attack stroke: Heart attacks and stroke have several risk factors in common- high blood pressure, smoking, high blood sugar and high blood cholesterol The arteries that supply the brain and the heart have many similarities, so problems that affect these arteries can cause illness of either the heart or the brain. ...Read more

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What can cause a heart attack vs stroke?

What can cause a heart attack vs stroke?

Blood Clots: Both a heart attack and a stroke is caused by a blood clot that gets lodged in a vessel in the heart and brain respectively. The only exception to this is that bleeding in the brain is also termed "stroke, " but it is a "hemorrhagic stroke" rather than an "embolic stroke, " which is from blood clots. ...Read more

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