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What is the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

What is the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Blocked artery: Heart attacks are almost always caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that supplies the heart. This stops the flow of blood (and oxygen) to that area of the heart and eventually the involved area of muscle dies. Heart failure is most often the result of several small or one large heart attack that affects enough muscle to keep the heart from being able to pump blood effectively. ...Read more

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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 is the difference between a heart attack, heart failure and cardiac arrest?

What is the difference between a heart attack, heart failure and cardiac arrest?

Heart, chf: A heart attack is when a blood vessel to the heart blocks off and a part of the heart is damaged. A cardiac arrest can be the result of a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping for one reason or another. A heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest isn't necessarily caused by a heart attack. Heart failure is when the heart can't supply the body's demands ...Read more

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What is the difference between cardiac arrest, a heart attack and heart failure?

What is the difference between cardiac arrest, a heart attack and heart failure?

See below ...: cardiac arrest: pumping or rhythm abnormality so severe that the flow of blood thought the heart is super low or zero - incompatible with life unless successfully treated. heaty attack - region of heart muscle get less oxygen than it needs so the muscle dies. heart failure - heart is unable to adequately deliver oxygen to the body, or requires an unhealthy amount of filling pressure to do so. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heart murmer, heart attack and heart episode?

What is the difference between heart murmer, heart attack and heart episode?

Lots.: Murmur: sound of turbulent blood flow through heart. Can be normal or abnormal. Heart attack: heart muscle dies because supply of oxygen was below demand. Episode: nonspecific. Could mean a lot of things. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack and angina?

What is the difference between a heart attack and angina?

Continuum: Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! there is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention. ...Read more

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What is the difference between coronary heart disease and heart disease?

What is the difference between coronary heart disease and heart disease?

More specific: Coronary disease refers to the blood vessels specifically supplying the heart. Narrowing of these vessels can lead to what we call angina. Rupture of plaques in these vessels can cause "heart attacks." heart disease is a more generic term. It can be many different things affecting the many different parts of the heart. ...Read more

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What is the difference between congenital and congestive heart failure?

What is the difference between congenital and congestive heart failure?

Present at birth: Congenital heart problems are anatomic problems with the heart that are there from birth. Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart is overloaded with fluids and is unable to efficiently pump. Some people have excessive swelling in their legs and fluid in their lungs, leading to shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure and congestive heart failure?

What is the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure and congestive heart failure?

Weak versus stiff: Congestive heart failure is a general term referring to when the heart is no longer available to pump blood effectively enough to support the needs of the body. Systolic failure is the more common situation where the heart pumps weakly, while diastolic failure refers to inability of the heart to relax and expand normally, as in the case of severe hypertrophy or muscular overgrowth. ...Read more

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What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Left and right heart: Left heart failure reduces the ability of the heart to pump bold to the body. It is mainly caused by chronic hypertension, coronary artery disease or valve disease. It causes fliuid to build up in lungs. Right heart failure is the inability to pump blood to the lungs. It is mainly caused by lung disease or by pressure in lungs from left heart failure. Fluid then builds up in the bodies veins. ...Read more

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What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Overlap: Left ventricle- left heart with pulmonary edema and congestion right ventricle venous congestion dropsy peripheral edema when one side has issues the other develops issues but one set of symptoms may be first or more obvious heart attacks, valvular disease, viral cardiomyopathy can lead to such situations. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heart arrhythmia and palpitations?

What is the difference between heart arrhythmia and palpitations?

Sensation vs. Rhythm: Palpitations are the sensation of skipping or abnormal heart beats. These might be from abnormal beats, or just the normal rhythm beating fast or stronger than normal. Heart arrythmias are actual, documented (by ekg, holter, event monitor) abnormal heart contractions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heart flutter and arrhythmia?

What is the difference between heart flutter and arrhythmia?

No difference: Heart flutter is an arrhythmia. It's like asking, "what is the difference between chevrolet and automobiles?". ...Read more

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Whats the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack and their symptoms?

Whats the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack and their symptoms?

Cardiac arrest: the heart STOPS an needs to be restarted .....or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation begun or death occurs... IT IS A FORM OF HEART ATTACK which is a more GENERAL term for any acute heart issue (coronary etc) Hope this is helpful! Dr z ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack, cardiac arrest and a stroke?

What is the difference between a heart attack, cardiac arrest and a stroke?

Heart, cva: A heart attack is when a blood vessel to the heart blocks off and a part of the heart is damaged. A cardiac arrest can be the result of a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping for one reason or another. A heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest isn't necessarily caused by a heart attack. A stroke is blocked brain blood vessels and resultant brain dam ...Read more

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What's the difference between congestive heart failure and right heart failure?

What's the difference between congestive heart failure and right heart failure?

Similar: Congestive heart failure refers to the congestion (fluid buildup) which is seen in the lungs and the legs (swelling) and in the abdomen. (might be swollen). Heart failure can involve both the right and left sides of the heart depending on the exact cause. The most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure but certain things such as lung disease can cause just right heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the difference between coronary heart disease and chronic heart disease?

What is the difference between coronary heart disease and chronic heart disease?

Heart disease: Heart disease refers to any problem primarily involving the heart. This can be acute (comes on suddenly and/or short duration) or chronic (long time coming, lasts a long time). Coronary artery disease is where the arteries that feed your heart become diseased and cause the heart to be starved for blood. This chronic problem can have acute elements, like a heart attack. ...Read more

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What is the difference between premature coronary heart disease and coronary heart disease?

What is the difference between premature coronary heart disease and coronary heart disease?

Age @ time of dx: Premature basically refers to manifestation of coronary disease and/ or it's diagnosis before age 55 in men and pre-menopausal women. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack and angina pain?

What is the difference between a heart attack and angina pain?

Longer pain..: Insufficient blood flow to the heart usually during exertion or other forms of stress due to a partial blockage causes chest pain lasting 5 to 10 minutes and is referred to as angina. Persistent complete or near complete interruption of blood flow to the heart muscle results in permanent damage and is referred to as a heart attack. The pain usually lasts much longer than 5 to 10 minutes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Blocked artery: Heart attacks are almost always caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that supplies the heart. This stops the flow of blood (and oxygen) to that area of the heart and eventually the involved area of muscle dies. Heart failure is most often the result of several small or one large heart attack that affects enough muscle to keep the heart from being able to pump blood effectively. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you explain me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Please tell me, could you explain me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Heart attack: Heart attack is also called myocardial infarction. It is death of some amount of heart muscle caused by blockage of a heart artery and can result in sudden death. Heart failure is when the heart is not pumping adequately to supply the body's need for blood flow. It can be caused by heart attack or other abnormalities. ...Read more

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Could a specialist please explain to me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Could a specialist please explain to me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Acute vs chronic: A heart attack [myocardial infarction (MI)] is the death of a portion of the heart muscle that occurs when the artery supplying blood closes. It happens iin minutes to hours. Heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood for the body due to weakness from prior MIs valve disease, chemotherapy or viral infection and fluid backs up into the lungs due to failing pump. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack, heart failure and cardiac arrest?

Heart, chf: A heart attack is when a blood vessel to the heart blocks off and a part of the heart is damaged. A cardiac arrest can be the result of a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping for one reason or another. A heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest isn't necessarily caused by a heart attack. Heart failure is when the heart can't supply the body's demands ...Read more

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What is the difference between cardiac arrest, a heart attack and heart failure?

See below ...: cardiac arrest: pumping or rhythm abnormality so severe that the flow of blood thought the heart is super low or zero - incompatible with life unless successfully treated. heaty attack - region of heart muscle get less oxygen than it needs so the muscle dies. heart failure - heart is unable to adequately deliver oxygen to the body, or requires an unhealthy amount of filling pressure to do so. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between coronary heart disease, angina, heart failure and heart attack?

Is there a relationship between coronary heart disease, angina, heart failure and heart attack?

Continuum: Coronary disease develops from our lifestyle and as we age real blockage develops in some or all coronary vessels. One or more plaques disrupt and obstruct. If adequate collateral pathways exist may just vagus transient angina or pain. Angina is pain without damage. If not adequate flow, or collateral, acute myocardial infarction- heart attack occurs and that is "damage". Heart failure may follow. ...Read more

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What's the difference between heart failure, heart stroke, and heart attack? If they're basically the same, shouldn't the name be, too?

What's the difference between heart failure, heart stroke, and heart attack? If they're basically the same, shouldn't the name be, too?

Difference....: They are different. A heart attack is when a blockage occurs in one (or more) of the blood vessels that supplies blood to the heart muscle. Heart failure is when the heart is not able to pump adequate blood to the bodily organs. A stroke (not heart stroke) occurs when there is a blockage of one of the blood vessels supplying the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain leaks. ...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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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 a heart failure from myocardial infarction?

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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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Is a "heart failure" the same as a "heart attack"?

No: Heart attack is an injury to the heart muscle from compromised blood flow due to blockage in a coronary artery. This may or may not lead to heart failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is not able to squeeze or contract normally or is stiff and not able to relax normally and its overall pumping function is impaired. Heart attack, high blood pressure and valve problems can cause it. ...Read more

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Does too much stress cause heart failure and a heart attack?

Does too much stress cause heart failure and a heart attack?

There is a known: Entity called: apical ballooning, takotsubo's or "broken heart" syndrome which can reduce heart function and mimic a heart attack which is a stress mediated process occurring due to adrenergic overload. It is treated with beta blockers & is fairly rare. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a heart attack from heart failure?

Different conditions: A heart attack is an occlusion of a coronary artery that leads to no blood supply to part of the heart muscle which can lead to permanent heart damage. This can lead to heart failure which is a drop in the pumping action of the heart leading to shortness of breath, leg swelling , fatigue. This can also be caused by valvular heart disease. ...Read more

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Will death by heart failure feel the same as death by heart attack?

Will death by heart failure feel the same as death by heart attack?

No: Heart failure with shortness of breath, edema, weight gain, fatigue, cyanosis of lips. Heart pain with heart attack and may have heart failure in addition. ...Read more

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Does heart failure always happen after a heart attack? What are the symptoms of heart failure and does heart attacks always lead to heart failure?

Does heart failure always happen after a heart attack? What are the symptoms of heart failure and does heart attacks always lead to heart failure?

Heart : Heart failure can cause shortness of breath, which may worsen with activity or when lying down or sleeping. Heart failure can also cause chest pain, fatigue, exercise intolerance, swelling of the legs, abdominal fullness, loss of appetite, weight gain, or heart palpitations. The symptoms are related to water retention and decreased ability for the heart to maintain adequate blood flow to the body's vital organs. Heart attacks are the most common cause of heart failure, but they do not always lead to heart failure. In the modern era, there are several ways to treat heart attacks which minimize the risk of developing heart failure later. If you have had a heart attack, it is crucial to improve your risk factors to help prevent more heart attacks or the development of heart failure. This means eating healthy, exercising, not smoking tobacco, and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read more

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What causes my to smell dirt all the time?. I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.

What causes my to smell dirt all the time?. I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.

Coincidental: May be the side effect of some medications. Hope you are doing better with your heart conditions. Please take medicines, regular exercise as prescribed by Cardiologist, restrict salt to prevent excerbation of CHF ,Maintain weight as close to ideal body weight and control the cholesterol ...Read more

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My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

Heart failure: Heart failure caused by a prior myocardial infarction (heart attack) is a very serious problem. Fortunately there are well-defined treatments including medications and procedures. Patients with this condition should be under the care of a cardiologist. It may also help to get a second opinion here on HealthTap to review treatment options. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...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 are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more