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Matthew J Schnellbaecher, MD
(907) 729-2076
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1989

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Adam C Mason
(907) 561-3211
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Krzysztof W Balaban, MD
(907) 561-3211
3220 Providence Dr Ste E3-106
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1995

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Chelton S Feeny, MD
(907) 257-8854
1315 Cordova St Apt 301
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1949

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Pedro Jimenez Valdes
(907) 258-4430
2741 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Matthew Jude Schnellbaecher
(907) 563-2662
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Brian Thomas Scully
(907) 561-3211
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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John Clifford Finley, MD
(907) 561-3211
3340 Providence Dr Ste 552
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1972

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David W SonNeborn
(907) 561-3211
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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(907) 261-3655
3260 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI or MI), More Commonly Known as a Heart Attack

Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   

Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly knowheart attackn as a heart attack, is a medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted, most commonly due to rupture of a vulnerable plaque.

The resulting ischemia or oxygen shortage causes damage and potential death of heart tissue.

The term myocardial infarction is derived from myocardium (the heart muscle) and infarction (tissue death due to oxygen starvation). The phrase "heart attack" is sometimes used incorrectly to describe sudden cardiac death, which may or may not be the result of acute myocardial infarction.

Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Silent Killer 

Approximately one fourth of all myocardial infarctions are silent, without chest pain or other symptoms.

Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest

A heart attack is different from, but can be the cause of cardiac arrest, which is the stopping of the heartbeat, and cardiac arrhythmia, an abnormal heartbeat. It is also distinct from heart failure, in which the pumping action of the heart is impaired; severe myocardial infarction may lead to heart failure, but not necessarily.


Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Symptoms

Classical symptoms of acute myocardial infarction include:

  • chest pain (typically radiating to the left arm or left side of the neck),
  • shortness of breath,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • palpitations,
  • sweating, and
  • anxiety (often described as a sense of impending doom)

Women often experience different symptoms from men. The most common symptoms of MI in women include:

  • shortness of breath,
  • weakness, and
  • fatigue

Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Risk Factors and Statistics

An Acute Myocardial Infarction is a medical emergency, and the leading cause of death for both men and wo...

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