Conditions InDepth: Heart Attack
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is interrupted. This deprives the heart muscle of oxygen, causing tissue damage or tissue death. Other names for heart attack include coronary attack, myocardial infarction, coronary thrombosis, and coronary occlusion.
Heart attack is an outcome of
Blood Clots in the Heart
More than 16 million people in the United States have coronary heart disease, and every year about 8,100,000 Americans suffer a heart attack.
American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org . Accessed August 14, 2008.
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine . 16th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2004.
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