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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...
Variable. Some amount of muscle died. If small amount, local scar can form. If huge amount , death may prevail. In the mid range some folks need medication, or angioplasty or surgery to sustain or enhance life. Read more...

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...

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...