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What happens to the heart with a myocardial infarction?

What happens to the heart with a myocardial infarction?

Muscle damage: If a strip of heart muscle is supplied by an artery that is blocked, it dies. That is what a heart attack is. The technical term is myocardial ( which means heart muscle ) infarction ( which means death). ...Read more

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Infarction (Definition)

When the blood supply of a tissue is compromised by whatever mechanism, the tissue will stop working and if blood flow is not restored, the tissue will eventually die ("infarct", both verb and noun). The clinical picture that runs with development of an infarct ("heart attack"; ...Read more


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What is the difference between a heart attack, myocardial infarction?

What is the difference between a heart attack, myocardial infarction?

Same: Heart attack is the lay term for myocardial infarction (comes in two levels of severity..Non-st-elevation and st-elevation - which refer to changes on an ekg and broadly reflect if an arterial occlusion is total or subtotal). ...Read more

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How do you minimize the damage to the heart from myocardial infarction?

How do you minimize the damage to the heart  from myocardial infarction?

Early and late: Early on best way to limit damage is restore flow. Either with lytics, angioplasty or bypass. Later damage is reduced by agressive risk factor modification. Keep BP and suger and cholesterol, at optimal levels. No smoking!. Taking pills like beta blockers ace inhibitors, statins and antiplatelet therapy also helps. Exercise is key to long term survival and quality of life. ...Read more

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Can you have heart failure without a myocardial infarction?

Can you have heart failure without a myocardial infarction?

The quick answer is : Yes. Heart failure refers to the inability of the heart to pump properly and thus resulting in accumulation of fluid in the lung. This is called systolic heart failure. There is also diastolic or right sided heart failure and those symptoms are a bit different. Myocardial infarction refers to poor blood supply to the heart resulting in the death of heart tissue. This could result in heart failure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between heart failure from myocardial infarction?

Can you tell me the difference between heart failure from myocardial infarction?

Yes: Myocardial infarction ("heart attack") is permanent injury to heart muscle from lack of blood supply. Heart failure is a syndrome that can occur from many causes when the heart doesn't pump effectively. One of those causes can be myocardial infarction but CHF can also occur from high blood pressure, valve abnormalities, rhythm disturbances, infection, tumor, senescence and many, many other causes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between a heart failure from myocardial infarction?

Can you tell me the difference between a heart failure from myocardial infarction?

HF and MI: Hf is due to ineffective pumping action of the heart resulting in fluid overload. Mi is due to blockage of one or several arteries that supply and nourish the heart. It might result in various complications. ...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


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