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The Difference Between a Stroke and a Heart Attack

Both strokes and heart attacks happen suddenly and require immediate medical attention. Learn the symptoms of each so you know what to do. A stroke,...

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The Difference Between a Panic Attack and a Heart Attack

It’s easy to confuse the symptoms of a panic attack and heart attack. Here’s how to tell the difference. If you experience rapid breathing,...

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Heart Attack Risks in Young People

Learn about the silent factors that can increase the odds of a heart attack in young people and how heart attacks can be prevented. Although the risk...

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ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction

Learn about ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a classic heart attack caused by the obstruction of blood to the heart. ST-segment...

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Heart Attack

A heart attack is when part of the heart dies from lack of oxygen caused by a blockage of blood flow. Reviewed by a board-certified cardiologist.

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When It's Safe to Resume Sexual Activity After a Heart Attack

Sexual activity can usually be resumed quite safely within a few weeks of a heart attack, but the timing needs to be individualized. After...

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Can You Exercise Too Much After a Heart Attack?

Exercise after a heart attack is very important to long-term survival, but can you do too much exercise? Medical science has long recognized that...

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The Difference Between a Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest

Heart attack is the death of heart muscle due to a blocked coronary artery, cardiac arrest is a heart arrhythmia that causes the heart to stop. After...

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Preventing Sudden Death After a Heart Attack

Death from a sudden cardiac arrest is all too common after a heart attack, but the risk for sudden death can be lowered with the right measures. If...

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Why You Should Take Aspirin If You're Having a Heart Attack

Taking an aspirin as soon as you think you may be having a heart attack can help stop the growth of the blood clot that is blocking a coronary...

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Choosing Foods for a Post-Heart Attack Diet

The Mediterranean diet, rich in fresh produce, legumes, nuts, and whole grains, may be the best bet for improving health after a heart attack....

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The Possibility of a Heart Attack From Shoveling Snow

Shoveling snow places tremendous stress on the cardiovascular system and is strongly associated with an acute risk of heart attacks. Anyone working...

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Non-ST Segment Myocardial Infarction Overview

NSTEMI is considered a mild heart attack in that it is caused by the partial blockage of a major coronary artery or a blockage of a minor artery....

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How to Prevent Another Heart Attack

After you have had a heart attack, it is critically important that you and your doctor take the steps necessary to prevent another one. If you have...

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How a Heart Attack Is Diagnosed

A heart attack may occur with overt or subtle symptoms and require cardiac blood tests, electrocardiogram, and imaging studies to confirm the...

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Differences Between a Heart Attack and Stroke

Is it a brain attack or AMI? One is in the brain and the other is in the heart. Learn the difference and types of heart attacks and strokes. When you...

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The 5 Best Ways to Prevent a First Heart Attack

A study in Sweden has shown that 4 out of 5 first heart attacks can be prevented through 5 simple tweaks in diet and exercise, regardless of...

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Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation

Learn how your physical therapist can help you maximize your function during outpatient cardiac rehabilitation during phase 3. If you have had a...

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Causes and Risk Factors of a Heart Attack

Myocardial infarctions are usually caused by the rupture of a plaque in a coronary artery, but there are several other causes as well. A heart attack...

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The 4 Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Learn about the vital role of your physical therapist during the four phases of cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation refers to a structured...

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Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

The most obvious symptom of a heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI), is chest pain, but often there are others. Learn the signs to be aware of....

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How Many People Survive a Heart Attack?

Surviving a heart attack requires that you know the signs of a heart attack and seek immediate medical help the moment you might be having one. There...

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Hemodynamic Instability

Hemodynamic instability is the primary driver for many clinical decisions. Learn the signs healthcare providers use to identify it. When determining...

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How a Heart Attack Is Treated

The first few hours after a heart attack are critical to surviving one. Learn about the immediate steps taken and what further treatment looks like....

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Preventing Heart Failure After Heart Attack

Heart failure after a heart attack is unfortunately quite common. But, with the right therapy it can often be prevented or treated effectively. If...

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What Is a Silent Heart Attack?

Silent heart attacks are those that occur without apparent symptoms but are just as dangerous. Reviewed by a board-certified cardiologist. A silent...

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