heart attack

noun

Definition of heart attack

: an acute episode of coronary heart disease marked by the death or damage of heart muscle due to insufficient blood supply to the heart usually as a result of a coronary artery becoming blocked by a blood clot formed in response to a ruptured or torn fatty arterial deposit

Note: Symptoms of heart attack include discomfort or pain in the chest, shoulder, arm, back, neck, or jaw, shortness of breath, dizziness or light-headedness, heartburn, nausea, excessive sweating, and extreme fatigue.

called also myocardial infarction

Examples of heart attack in a Sentence

Her chest pains turned out to be caused by a minor heart attack. He died of a massive heart attack.

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My blockages were made of mostly calcium, not cholesterol, and that was due to DNA: My father also had calcium buildup which caused him to have a heart attack at 49. Susan Lucci As Told To Tiffany Blackstone, Woman's Day, "Susan Lucci Shares All About the Heart Scare That Sent Her to the ER," 6 Feb. 2019 Fatigue, insomnia, and flu-like symptoms may also appear in the lead-up to a heart attack. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Doctors Kept Calling It Stress. Then I Learned I Had a 98% Blockage in My Heart.," 7 Feb. 2019 Uribe rushed next door and discovered the woman had suffered an apparent heart attack hours earlier. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Answering the call," 1 June 2018 The Marine Corps has identified the recruit who died Sunday morning after experiencing an apparent heart attack. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Marine heart attack victim identified," 27 Mar. 2018 Braulio Salinas Santiago, 71, died of an apparent heart attack in the parking lot of Maunabo's makeshift hospital on January 18, according to his wife, Margarita Baerga Diaz. Sam Petulla, CNN, "'We are the forgotten people': It's been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying," 15 Mar. 2018 And the dead do stay dead, even if Milo Ventimiglia somehow remains fully employed long after his character was lost to that post-fire heart attack. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "As 'Roseanne' reappears and 'This Is Us' flashes forward, TV demonstrates time is relative," 15 Mar. 2018 Sprague pleaded guilty to one count of copyright infringement and was allowed to return to Chicago but got busted for piracy again and, while awaiting trial, was found dead in his jail cell of an apparent heart attack. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Hal Janney and More Inside References Explained," 9 Mar. 2018 The swashbuckling, visionary entrepreneur who built a global retailing empire and the most famous company in Sacramento history died Sunday night of an apparent heart attack. Dale Kasler And Bob Shallit, sacbee, "Founder of Tower Records dies at 92 while drinking whiskey and watching the Oscars," 6 Mar. 2018

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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heart attack

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English Language Learners Definition of heart attack

: a sudden painful and dangerous condition in which your heart stops beating properly

heart attack

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Medical Definition of heart attack

: an acute episode of coronary heart disease marked by the death or damage of heart muscle due to insufficient blood supply to the heart muscle usually as a result of a coronary artery becoming blocked by a blood clot formed in response to a ruptured or torn fatty arterial deposit

Note: Symptoms of heart attack include discomfort or pain in the chest, shoulder, arm, back, neck, or jaw, shortness of breath, dizziness or light-headedness, heartburn, nausea, excessive sweating, and extreme fatigue.

When a patient is in the throes of a heart attack, the physician's goal is restoring adequate blood flow to the starving heart muscle as swiftly as possible.Harvard Medical School Health Letter, May 1993 It has long been known that aspirin helps prevent blood clots … and many studies have shown that the drug can reduce the incidence of heart attacks and strokes.— Peter Aldhous, Science, 7 Jan. 1994

called also acute myocardial infarction, myocardial infarction

— compare angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, heart failure sense 1

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