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What causes sudden heart attack?

What causes sudden heart attack?

Sudden blockage: Heart attack occurs when there is a mismatch between amount of oxygen the heart needs and amount it can get through the blood vessels. A sudden blockage can occur when cholesterol deposits in the arteries break off and expose tissue that causes clots to form. That is a heart attack. The degree of damage is related to the area supplied by the occluded vessel, the specific location and duration. ...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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What causes a heart attack at 19?

What causes a heart attack at 19?

Drugs, genes: Cocaine or methamphetamine come to mind when you see a 19 year old with a heart attack, although an autoimmune disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or severe hyperlipidemia might have a myocardial infarct at that age as well... Drugs are the cause more commonly seen in our society, however. ...Read more

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What causes a heart attack? Why do some people die from them while others live?

What causes a heart attack? Why do some people die from them while others live?

Heart attack: heart attack means part of the heart muscle has died due to lack of blood supply. If you kill enough of the heart you can't survive as there isn't enough to pump blood to your body. In some cases even a small heart attack can cause electrical issues that can cause sudden death but these are more random and more difficult to predict. ...Read more

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What causes a heart attack. my BP is under control on med I do smoke but no heart disease. I am 41 female. Should I be scared?

What causes a heart attack. my BP is under control on med  I do smoke but no heart disease. I am 41 female.  Should I be scared?

Quit Smoking: Tobacco causes damage in the lining of your blood vessels and increased clumping of platelets (clots). Smoking causes heart attacks, strokes, leg amputations, lung disease and cancer. You're a young woman - it's time for you to quit smoking! Other than rapidly opening blocked arteries in an acute heart attack the only intervention to save more hearts is quitting smoking!! Do it today!! ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes strokes & heart attacks?

Can anyone tell me what causes strokes & heart attacks?

Stroke causes: Causes of stroke are numerous. It could be combination of risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), clots coming from the heart other arteries, genetic factors or unknown cause. Clots are best treated with blood thinners. Regardless of type of stroke, control of risk factors is very important (blood pressure control, normalization of cholesterol, healthy diet). ...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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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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What could cause a heart attack in a pre-teen child?

What could cause a heart attack in a pre-teen child?

Several disorders: Kawasaki's disease and coronary vasospasm should be considered. Children with a hypercoagulable disorder and an intracardiac shunt (such as an atrial septal defect or patent foramen ovale) should be considered. Lastly, congenital heart defects that affect the coronary arteries may cause an early heart attack. ...Read more

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What could cause a heart attack at age 28?Norm Ekg,stress,echo,holter 3 months ago.Non smoker/no fam hist.Cardiologist said don't worry. It's rare.

What could cause a heart attack at age 28?Norm Ekg,stress,echo,holter 3 months ago.Non smoker/no fam hist.Cardiologist said don't worry. It's rare.

Rare: What type of heart attack? Did you have any blockages in the arteries or was this a heart attack with normal arteries? Elevated levels of troponin, the enzyme we use to check for heart attack, can occur even when there are no significant blockages in the arteries. This is not a "heart attack" in the classic sense but warrants close follow-up with your doctor and your cardiologist as needed. ...Read more

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What causes a massive heart attack or stroke?

What causes a massive heart attack or stroke?

Atherosclerosis: Depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes , family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term.Ekg and lab tests show the damage. ...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