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Amina S Qazi
(207) 662-7060
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Peter Joseph Higgins, MD
(207) 885-9905
20 Acorn Ln
South Portland, ME
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1991

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Jeffrey Alan Rosenblatt, MD
(207) 774-2642
66 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1987

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Jon Patrick Donnelly, MD
(207) 773-2723
887 Congress St Ste 310
Portland, ME
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1990

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Adrian Michael Moran
(207) 773-2373
887 Congress St
Portland, ME
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Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

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Joseph N Wight
(207) 774-2642
119 Gannett Dr
South Portland, ME
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Joseph R O'Connor, MD, FACC
(207) 828-2436
PO Box 9746
Portland, ME
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Cardiology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Mary Elizabeth Hourihan, MD
(619) 336-2300
887 Congress St Ste 310
Portland, ME
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1985

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Mary C Fahrenbach
(207) 774-2642
119 Gannett Dr
South Portland, ME
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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(207) 774-6351
693 Congress St
Portland, ME
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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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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