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.
Injections of adult stem cells could repair hearts

Injections of adult stem cells could repair hearts

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit lowest heart attack rates in the state of Texas

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit lowest heart attack rates in the state of Texas

Marker predicts patients who are seven times more likely to die after suffering a heart attack

Marker predicts patients who are seven times more likely to die after suffering a heart attack

Fish oil reduces heart attack and blood vessel disease

Fish oil reduces heart attack and blood vessel disease

FDA recommends approval of stenting to prevent stroke

FDA recommends approval of stenting to prevent stroke

Dieting greatly reduces risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes

Dieting greatly reduces risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes

Functional genomics provide improved drug discovery

Functional genomics provide improved drug discovery

Strict dieting can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease

Strict dieting can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease

Researchers find drug that may suppress genetic mutation using a novel screening approach

Researchers find drug that may suppress genetic mutation using a novel screening approach

Hugs and kisses halve risk of heart attack

Hugs and kisses halve risk of heart attack

Amount of adiponectin hormone lessens chance of heart attacks

Amount of adiponectin hormone lessens chance of heart attacks

Hospital stay for heart attack shortest ever

Hospital stay for heart attack shortest ever

Study shows link between cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Study shows link between cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Unique heart arrhythmia drug represents one of the first molecular-based therapies for heart failure

Unique heart arrhythmia drug represents one of the first molecular-based therapies for heart failure

Research shows that intense high dose cholesterol lowering drugs result in a major reduction in deaths and severe heart attacks

Research shows that intense high dose cholesterol lowering drugs result in a major reduction in deaths and severe heart attacks

Implantable defibrillator cuts heart attack risk of sudden death by 31%

Implantable defibrillator cuts heart attack risk of sudden death by 31%

New Study Links Passive Smoke to Heart Attacks

New Study Links Passive Smoke to Heart Attacks

New center enables genetic treatments and advances

New center enables genetic treatments and advances

First large-scale clinical trial of chelation therapy, a controversial treatment for heart disease

First large-scale clinical trial of chelation therapy, a controversial treatment for heart disease

Stenting for Stroke Prevention is More Effective Than Surgery in Keeping Blood Vessels Open

Stenting for Stroke Prevention is More Effective Than Surgery in Keeping Blood Vessels Open