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Barton Jerome Gershen, MD
(301) 721-9394
15120 Plainfield Ln
Germantown, MD
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1957

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William Walter Tullner, MD
(301) 816-9000
16220 S Frederick Ave Ste 500
Gaithersburg, MD
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1979

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Sameer Sofat, MD
(301) 670-3000
Gaithersburg, MD
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Indira Gandhi Med Coll, Himachal Pradesh Univ, Shimla, Hp, India
Graduation Year: 1990

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Maureen E Collins
(301) 990-0040
15215 Shady Grove Rd
Rockville, MD
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Daniel Jerome Fernicola, MD
(301) 990-0040
15215 Shady Grove Rd Ste 306
Rockville, MD
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1988

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Hitesh Patel, MD
17811 Stoneridge Dr
Gaithersburg, MD
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Cardiology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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James Andrew Storey, MD
(301) 295-4500
11313 Dunleith Pl
Gaithersburg, MD
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1993

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Attan Lal Kasid, MD
(301) 840-0833
17519 Redland Rd
Derwood, MD
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1996

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Richard I Weinstein
(301) 670-3000
15225 Shady Grove Rd
Rockville, MD
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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(301) 670-3000
15225 Shady Grove Rd
Rockville, MD
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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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