A Brief Note On Myocardial Infarction Is Defined By The American Heart Association

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Myocardial Infarction is defined by the American Heart Association as “the damaging or death of an area of the heart muscle (myocardium) resulting from a blocked blood supply to that area” medical term for a heart attack. (AHA) A heart attack “occurs when a section of the heart muscle dies or gets damaged because of reduced blood supply”. (CDC) The longer the heart goes without the necessary blood supply to keep it beating the more likely the heart will be severely damaged and death may occur. Atherosclerosis more commonly known as plaque is a buildup of cholesterol and fats in the blood vessels. Those can break free and form a blood clot which can cause blockages in the arteries which carries oxygen rich blood to the heart. When…show more content…
Although we may not be able to control all the contributing factors that may lead to heart attacks like family history and aging, there are other factors that are completely in our power to change. We can control the behavior that leads to obesity, along with refrain from smoking and heavy drinking. Regular exercise, a good diet and getting plenty of rest and controlling our blood pressure are a few good things we can do to reduce the risk factors dramatically. Men and women share the same factors that contribute to having a heart attack, while the symptoms they display are completely different. The classic signs of a heart attack occurring with men are chest pain, shortness of breath and upper body discomfort. Chest pain can range from feelings of heartburn to severe pain in the side or center of the chest. It can be a constant pain, or may come and go in waves. It also might feel like someone is squeezing the chest or like there is a heavy weight on the chest. Sometimes experiencing shortness of breath is the only sign of a heart attack. Other times it can be accompanied by the chest pain, and may happen even when you are resting or relaxing. The upper body pain can be in your jaw, arm, shoulder, back, neck or stomach but only above the naval. Different people can have different combinations of symptoms, while some people have no symptoms at all. Some of the signs of a heart attack in women differ from men in several ways, like having cold sweats for no

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