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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 means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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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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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 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 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 are the three major causes of heart attack?

What are the three major causes of heart attack?

Many: There are modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors for coronary heart disease (cad). Diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol are probably the highest predictors. ...Read more

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What causes sqelling on brainn with heart attack?

What causes sqelling on brainn with heart attack?

unclear question: If your question is "what causes brain swelling after cardiac arrest?" the answer is this. The brain swelling or edema is caused by high pressure on the veins and diffuse hypoxia of the brain during the resuscitation process. ...Read more

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What is the physiological cause of a heart attack?

What is the physiological cause of a 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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Could frequent night duties, are a cause of heart attack?

Could frequent night duties, are a cause of heart attack?

Heart attack, stress: Good question. There's a lot of research that shows how high levels of stress can be a contributor to heart problems. It would be good to have a medical consultation to see how the heart and the rest of the body are doing, and to evaluate the level of stress. Might also help to talk to a mental health counselor about anxiety of heart attack, especially if it runs in one's family. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a hang over cause a heart attack?

Would it be possible that a hang over cause a heart attack?

Not usually: Makes one feel awful! gastritis, reflux, GI distress is more common with the alcohol, but can feel much like a heart attack. I suspect if one is inebriated to a degree that aspiration, pneumonia, hypoxia occur, then heart compromise can happen. ...Read more

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How might you accidentally cause a heart attack in a person?

How might you accidentally cause a heart attack in a person?

You probably can't: Keep feeding them a diet high in cholesterol, buy them cigarettes, don't encourage exercise, ignore their diabetes, and keep them away from their family doctor and you may accidentally cause more than just a heat attack. :-). ...Read more

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Do disappointments in your life eventually cause a heart attack?

Do disappointments in your life eventually cause a heart attack?

No: Heart attack is caused by plaque build up in coronary arteries of the heart. No study has ever conclusively shown stress or loss to be tied to heart attack. It is a common misconception. Heart attack is caused when there is an imbalance in oxygen supply and oxygen demand of heart muscle. The supply being limited by plaque in the arteries. ...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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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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