AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarct)


A heart attack, also called an acute myocardial infarct (AMI), is caused by a blockage in the heart's arteries that completely cuts off the blood supply to a portion of the heart. Without prompt medical treatment, this blockage can damage or destroy heart tissue and can kill. According to the American Heart Association, about 735,000 people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year and about 120,000 of those affected die.
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a group of signs and symptoms that are associated with insufficient blood flow to the heart. A heart attack differs from other forms of ACS in that the decreased blood flow persists, causing death of heart muscle cells. When someone is rushed to the emergency room, testing must be performed to determine whether or not a person's signs and symptoms (ACS) are due to a heart attack or to another cause.

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