How do I get tested for myocardial infarction?

See MD. An internal medicine specialist and cardiologist is your best bet for diagnostic studies unless the chest/arm pain is immediate, then go to the emergency room.

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Can a 23 years woman get myocardial infarction?

MI. It is possible for a 23 year old woman to have an mi, it is not probable but could happen. Read more...
Very rare unless. You are are talking about significant congenital disease or coronary dissection which are rare. Read more...

What happens in the EKG during myocardial infarction? Do you get big earthquake-like tracings?

Not really. If you are having a heart rhythm problem that causes your heart to stop, then some of them may have an unusual tracing. If what stops your heart is lack of oxygen, then you may develop shifting of the horizontal lines of the ECG and or / widening of the vertical components of the ecg. Sometimes changes are very subtle and other complimentary tests are needed to know what is happening. Read more...
Variable. This varies depending on the location, severity and type of myocardial infarction. Some patients have no ECG changes at all, known as electrically silent myocardial infarctions, a phenomenon more common in diabetics. Other patients have severe changes in their ECG tracing with severe arrhythmias which can be fatal. Read more...

Myocardial infarction causes?

Many poss causes. Almost all heart attacks are the result of fatty deposits on the inside of arteries that break open and cause clotting which will blocks the artery (and the blood from flowing to the part of the heart the artery feeds). Family history, fatty diet, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and other disorders can all contribute to this process. Read more...
Heart cell death. Myocardial infractions happen when heart muscle dies from lack of oxygen delivered by blood. This can happen when plaque deposits in the vessels rupture and cause total blockage of a vessel. It can also happen if there is a narrowing of the vessel severe enough that oxygen delivery is far below demand (especially if oxygen demand is increased). Read more...

What confirms myocardial infarction?

Testing. History can be suggestive but : ekg changes( st elevation) nonstemi blood tests showing escaping enzymes from damaged cells later ekg showing scar echo showing damage. Read more...
Toponins,clinic,wall. Acute cardiogenic shock, .Ventricular arrythmias, infarct syndrome, flash pulmonary edema, wall motion abnormalities, syncope, presyncope, cardiac arrest, . It takes 4 hours for troponins to elevate after the infarct begins. That is why clinical symptoms dictate emergent coronary interventions. Troponins may still be normal within minutes of a life threatening myocardial infarct. Read more...
Nuclear stress test. A myocardial perfusion spect study (nuclear stress test) will show decreased tracer uptake on both rest and stress images (fixed defect) if there is an infarct. In addition, wall motion abnormality is also seen in the region of the infarct. Read more...
Many ways. Depending on the situation, the doctor may use many tests. History, physical exam, ekg to measure electrical activity of the heart, blood tests to look for proteins released by dead heart muscle, imaging studies to look at wall motion or perfusion of the muscle, angiogram to determine blood vessel patience. Read more...

What exactly is myocardial infarction?

Loss of oxygen. The heart muscle loses its supply of oxygen from the coronary arteries. By losing the oxygen, the heart muscle can't continue to function and dies unless the blood flow is restored quickly enough (under 6 hours). Read more...