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Mark Timothy Murphy, MD
(910) 815-3420
5109 Nicholas Creek Cir
Wilmington, NC
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Cardiology
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Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Cork, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Cork
Graduation Year: 1990

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James Tidler, MD, FACC
(910) 392-3129
4409 Fireside Ct
Wilmington, NC
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Graduation Year: 2007

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David Thomas Sawyer, MD
(910) 763-5182
3617 Saint Francis Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1989

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Paul Andrew Payne, MD
(785) 270-4100
1202 Medical Center Dr
Wilmington, NC
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1987

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Hemal M Nayak, MD
(847) 981-3680
1515 Doctors Cir
Wilmington, NC
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1991

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Andrew Hayward Bishop, MD
(434) 924-0000
7530 Masonboro Sound Rd
Wilmington, NC
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1997

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Melony K Covington, MD
(615) 835-7532
1414 Hollybriar Ct
Wilmington, NC
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Cardiology
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Female
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Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1998

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J Richard Tamisiea, MD
(910) 395-6368
Wilmington, NC
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1964

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(910) 815-3420
1725 New Hanover Medical Park Dr
Wilmington, NC
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(910) 815-3420
1725 New Hanover Medical Park Dr
Wilmington, NC
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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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