Taking a Look at Myocardial Infraction

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Around every thirty-four seconds in the United States, another individual falls as a victim to a myocardial infraction. A myocardial infraction or more commonly known as a heart attack, occurs when the blood flow that brings the oxygen to the heart is reduced or cut off completely. When the blood cannot reach parts of your heart, that area is becoming damaged or unfortunately if treatment is prolonged for too long then the heart cells will most likely die. Heart attacks can occur in anybody no matter the age, gender, or nationality, but statistically “men over the age of 45 and to women over the age of 55 are at the greatest risk of a heart attack” (Ricciotti). In the 1800s George Ebers discovered an ancient Egyptian scroll that has been dated back to around 1500 B.C. On the scroll that Ebers found, it listed many things about the heart and how it worked. It also showed Ebers that the Egyptians were able to identify certain symptoms of heart attacks, as well. The scroll that he found showed us how much the ancient Egyptians actually knew about heart related diseases, despite the technology differences that we have today compared to what they had. A man named Edwin Smith discovered another scroll dating back to the 17th century. The scroll that Smith found held evidence of multiple surgeries that were performed, including heart surgeries. This proves that the real discoverers of heart related illnesses in fact dates back all the way to the times of the ancient Egyptians.

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