Myocardial infarction

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Myocardial Infarction (MI) A myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, is caused by a reduction or cessation of blood flow towards a section of the heart muscle, leading to muscular damage.[1] This is usually a result of prolonged cardiac ischemia[2] due to a blockage in one of the coronary arteries.

To reduce the likelihood of this happening, a patient can undergo coronary angioplasty[3], which is when a balloon or stent is inserted into the artery to widen or clear a blocked coronary artery and restore the blood flow to its original rate.

Common symptoms of MI:

References

  1. https://www.webmd.boots.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-heart-attacks
  2. . The role of cardiac mechanics in diagnosis and treatment of myocardial ischemia and infarctionfckLRHolmes, J.W. Journal of Biomechanics, 2006, Vol.39, pp.S291-S291[Peer Reviewed Journal]
  3. Primary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarctionfckLRJames E Tcheng; SpringerLink (Online service) c2009 2nd ed
  4. https://www.webmd.boots.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-heart-attacks
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