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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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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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How do a heart attack and a myocardial infarction differ?

How do a heart attack and a myocardial infarction differ?

Nothing: Same problem, different call medical or community. Heart muscle dies is infarction. ...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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What's the difference between a heart failure from myocardial infarction?

What's the difference between a heart failure from myocardial infarction?

Not sure of your?: CHF may be independent of mi but mi is most common cause of CHF (systolic). ...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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Do myocardial infarction happen at my age? I'm 23 my BMI is 30 and I don't work out and I sit a lot, my resting heart rate is great tho 50/55 bpm.

Do myocardial infarction happen at my age? I'm 23 my BMI is 30 and I don't work out and I sit a lot, my resting heart rate is great tho 50/55 bpm.

Too young: Though it is possible to have a heart attack (or sudden cardiac death) at any age, the odds at age 23 are overwhelmingly in ur favor. Myocardial infarction is more common as one ages. Family history & lifestyle also play a role so it's not too early to think about ur heart health. A slow resting heart rate (associated w/ exercise) is a good sign. Thanks 4 ur question & using HealthTap. ...Read more

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What are early signs or symptoms of myocardial infarction? Rapid respiration and heart rate?

What are early signs or symptoms of myocardial infarction? Rapid respiration and heart rate?

Variable: These may include: pain, pressure or a tightness in the chest with or without radiation to arm or jaw. Others include shortness of breath, sweats, fatigue, nausea and or vomiting, fast heart rate. Anxiety and a feeling of impending doom to list a few. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are congestive heart failure (chf) and acute myocardial infarction (ami) core measures?

I'm wondering why are congestive heart failure (chf) and acute myocardial infarction (ami) core measures?

Medicare: Set up some standards- guidelines for treatments and recommendations. Chf : aspirin statin beta blocker ace inhibitor weight monitoring followup decrease readmission etc acute mi: door to cath and rx and more. ...Read more

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How are hemophilia, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and stroke related to blood clotting?

How are hemophilia, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and stroke related to blood clotting?

Opposites: Hemophilia is a defect of blood coagulation such that the blood does not clot. Heart attacks and strokes are a result of clots forming in the arteries feeding the heart and brain respectively. These latter clots can be formed locally due to damage to the blood vessels or an increased clotting tendency, or from clots that embolize from somewhere else in the body. ...Read more

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Is an apical infarction a major or mild heart attack?

It depends.: It depends on how much of the apex is infarcted. The functional result is also affected by how well the rest of the heart is working. ...Read more

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In my last EKG it stated that there was a "probable anterior infarction". I didn't notice it until going through my records. Is that a heart attack?

In my last EKG it stated that there was a "probable anterior infarction". I didn't notice it until going through my records. Is that a heart attack?

Heart Attack: Possible. There are a lot of false positives on EKG. The only way to truly tell is to see a cardiologist and he can do some additional tests to verify or not. ...Read more

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I have sporatic heart area pain, tightness during stressful situations and as I am engaged in sex for the past 3 weeks. I am 58 years old, my brother at 57 just died of a heart attack, mio-infarction and my father died of a massive stroke 5 years ago.

I have sporatic heart area pain, tightness during stressful situations and as I am engaged in sex for the past 3 weeks. I am 58 years old, my brother at 57 just died of a heart attack, mio-infarction and my father died of a massive stroke 5 years ago.

Hello.: Hello. Chest pain and tightness can occur as a physiologic response to anxiety. However with your strong family history, it would be worth it to have a comprehensive evaluation to include an ekg and blood work, if you haven't done so. Take care. ...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


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