Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction) News and Research

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A Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction) occurs when blood flow to a section of heart muscle becomes blocked. If the flow of blood isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle becomes damaged from lack of oxygen and begins to die.

Heart attack is a leading killer of both men and women in the United States. But fortunately, today there are excellent treatments for heart attack that can save lives and prevent disabilities. Treatment is most effective when started within 1 hour of the beginning of symptoms. Heart attacks occur most often as a result of a condition called coronary artery disease (CAD). In CAD, a fatty material called plaque (plak) builds up over many years on the inside walls of the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to your heart). Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form on the surface of the plaque. If the clot becomes large enough, it can mostly or completely block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the part of the heart muscle fed by the artery.
Health report card for NSW

Health report card for NSW

European summit agrees that lifestyle change is the only answer to heart disease

European summit agrees that lifestyle change is the only answer to heart disease

Cardiologist provided unnecessary stent implants: investigation

Cardiologist provided unnecessary stent implants: investigation

Scientific breakthrough for high blood pressure

Scientific breakthrough for high blood pressure

Novel heart attack treatment results presented at premier USA cardiology forum

Novel heart attack treatment results presented at premier USA cardiology forum

Erroneous defibrillators: FDA new initiative to check safety

Erroneous defibrillators: FDA new initiative to check safety

Statins benefit ‘at risk’ patients but are underused: Study

Statins benefit ‘at risk’ patients but are underused: Study

Americans sicker but live longer than the English: Study

Americans sicker but live longer than the English: Study

Alzheimer’s risk raised 157% with smoking: Study

Alzheimer’s risk raised 157% with smoking: Study

Hands only CPR effective: New guidelines

Hands only CPR effective: New guidelines

Carotid artery stenting increases risk of death, stroke

Carotid artery stenting increases risk of death, stroke

Meridia – weight loss pill off the shelves in US

Meridia – weight loss pill off the shelves in US

Weight loss pill off shelves due to heart attack risk

Weight loss pill off shelves due to heart attack risk

CPR without mouth to mouth works: Study

CPR without mouth to mouth works: Study

Avandia restricted by the FDA and EMEA

Avandia restricted by the FDA and EMEA

Paper highlights need for new studies and guidelines around oxygen therapy during MI

Paper highlights need for new studies and guidelines around oxygen therapy during MI

Flu shots, heart attacks and flu prevention guidelines

Flu shots, heart attacks and flu prevention guidelines

Aspirin can prevent stroke and heart attacks: Study

Aspirin can prevent stroke and heart attacks: Study

Complementary medicine to save millions: Report

Complementary medicine to save millions: Report

Burger, fries and a statin please!

Burger, fries and a statin please!