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High cholesterol, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, and a host of other risk factors can cause coronary artery disease.

Coronary artery disease can eventually lead to heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms.

The actual disease process of atherosclerosis is a chronic or progressive process. A myocardial infarction can be a result of an arterial blockage.

A myocardial infarction means a heart attack.

What Is The Result Of A Heart Attack?

If you have suffered a heart attack, then there’s a certain amount of muscle death that has occurred.

Heart failure is dependent on exactly how much muscle damage you’ve experienced.

What Happens When You Have a Heart Attack and What You Can Do?

You feel a pain in your chest. You begin to feel nauseous. Suddenly a tingling feeling shoots down your arm.

You panic as you wonder if it is a heart attack.

And indeed, these are some of the classic symptoms (symptoms are slightly different for men and women), and if you get them you should get medical attention as quickly as possible.

Over 700,000 Americans have heart attacks every year.

Many individuals who experience signs of a heart attack allow them to go unnoticed and do nothing.

Ignoring the tale-tell signs of a heart attack can cause the problem to be much more serious and potentially lead to heart failure and even death.

If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, seek medical attention immediately. Call 911

This is especially true for individuals who have previously had a heart attack or are at a greater risk for a heart attack due to medical conditions.

Remember the old saying that it is better safe than sorry.

A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked or restricted.

The blockage occurs when there is a buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries).

Plaque can rupture in an artery and cause a clot that blocks blood flow.

This interruption of blood flow can damage or destroy part of the heart muscle.

A heart attack or myocardial infarction can be fatal.

It’s crucial to call 911 or emergency medical help if you think you might be having a heart attack.

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