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Sunil Lulla, MD
(630) 852-0230
4121 Fairview Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Business
Midwest Cardiac Consultants
Specialties
Cardiology

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Xinge Hu, MD
1400 W Fillmore St
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Zhejiiang Med Univ, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Graduation Year: 1996

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Jose L Velazquez, MD
(773) 257-6452
700 W Van Buren St Apt 707
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Sharat Loul, DO
700 W Van Buren St Apt 1206W
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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James George Clark, MD
(312) 243-6800
1725 W Harrison St Ste 1138
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1960

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Leo Merrill Henikoff, MD
(312) 563-2914
1437 W Lexington St
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1963

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Albert Paul L Knott Jr, MD
(312) 939-2667
800 S Wells St Apt 532
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1960

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Steven Michael Pogwizd, MD
(312) 996-6730
135 S La Salle St Dept 3449
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1981

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Sean Halleran, MD
1653 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Samer Abbas, MD
(312) 996-6730
840 S Wood St M/C 715
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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