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What Is A Heart Attack And What Causes It
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atherosclerosis: Heart attack is caused by atherosclerotic plaque in your coronary artery that ruptures such that a blood clot forms on it and acutely occluded the flow through the artery causing the heart attack. Risk factors for atherosclerosis include smoking, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, family history, obesity, diabetes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I keep geting sharp pain in my brest sometimes i think.I'm having a heart attack what causes that?
Many: Lung disease esophageal disease pericardial disease.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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