Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Barre VT
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1976
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
French, German, Yiddish
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1955
Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
South Burlington, VT
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease
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 known 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:
Women often experience different symptoms from men. The most common symptoms of MI in women include:
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...