Heart Attack

Heart attack is known medically as a myocardial infarcation or MI

Common symptoms include:

Causes of a heart attack

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a condition in which the coronory arteries (the major blood vessels that supply blood to the heart) get clogged up with deposits of cholestrol known as plaques. If a plaque bursts, it can cause a blood clot at the site of the rupture and the clot may then block the supply of blood running through the coronary artery, triggering a 'heart attack'

Risk of developing CHD is increased by:

Treating heart attacks

Depending on the severity of the heart attack, you may  be offered a surgical procedure known as primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) which will involve widening the coronary artery known as coronary angioplasty.

You may also be offered medication to prevent further clots from forming. Warfarin is not commonly used due to it's slow onset of action but may be offered to selected patients with Atrial Fibrillation or those with major damage to ventricular muscle.