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Heart Attack

Cardiovascular

A heart attack, also known as an acute myocardial infarction, is the blockage of blood supply and oxygen to the heart muscle causing irreversible tissue damage. The blockage usually occurs in the coronary arteries, the main blood vessels leading to the heart muscle. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States affecting both men and women. Worldwide, three million people have a heart attack each year, with more than one million of those deaths occurring in the United States alone. Lowering risk factors and early intervention can help lower these numbers and save lives. Once the heart tissue dies, there is no way of bringing it back or repairing the damage. You can have one or several heart attacks and they can be fatal if not treated right away. Symptoms of a heart attack should never be ignored neither should you attempt treatment at home. This is a medical emergency and if you or someone you know has symptoms of a heart attack call 9-1-1 right away.

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