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Darla Bakersmith Hess, MD
(610) 217-5753
7945 Springhouse Rd
New Tripoli, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1979

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Gerald Pytlewski, DO
(610) 366-8411
2154 Gorton Rd
Macungie, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1986

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Karthik Sheka, MD
(610) 395-1364
2149 Grandy Ct
Macungie, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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James B Donaldson, MD, FACC
(215) 525-5420
15 Kinston Rd
Reading, PA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Joel Paul Miller, DO
(215) 437-5218
PO Box 7017
Allentown, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1974

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E Berry Hey Jr, MD
(610) 375-6565
Leesport, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1958

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E Berry Hey, MD
(610) 375-6565
764 White Oak Ln
Leesport, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1958

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James A Sandberg, MD
(610) 437-5505
5015 Farmview Dr
Schnecksville, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1978

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Frank Eric Politzer, MD
(610) 375-4679
222 N 12th St
Reading, PA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
German, Spanish
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1980

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Louis Borgatta, MD
(610) 685-8500
222 N 12th St
Reading, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Ashland Reg Medctr, Ashland, Pa
Group Practice: Berks Cardiologists Ltd

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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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