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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The cause was a heart attack, said a son, David Jellema. Peter Condliffe, Washington Post, "Community deaths," 2 July 2018 The cause was a heart attack, his wife, Kathy Hemrick, said. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Matt Murphy, Master of Blues Guitar, Is Dead at 88," 19 June 2018 Everything in my body felt like an imminent disaster: A headache became a brain tumor, the weight in my chest was a heart attack, a tight calf meant a blood clot was lurking and would kill me in my sleep. Caroline Shannon-karasik, The Cut, "Rebuilding a Sex Life Destroyed by Postpartum Depression," 14 June 2018 Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump's tough stance on global trade, was in good condition in a Washington-area hospital after suffering a heart attack, the White House said on Tuesday. Steve Holland, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump economic adviser Kudlow in ‘good’ condition after heart attack," 12 June 2018 When a person has a heart attack, friends know what to do. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "As suicide rate rises, doctor says: 'People don't have to die.'," 11 June 2018 The cause of death was a heart attack, authorities said. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Peace Officers Memorial Day: These Orlando-area officers lost their lives on duty in the past decade," 15 May 2018 Media hounding caused Meghan Markle’s dad to suffer a heart attack, her sister said. USA TODAY, "Who needs to beat the traffic? The end of the game just got so much more exciting," 15 May 2018 The East Baton Rouge Parish medical examiner said Mr. Champagne apparently suffered a heart attack, his daughter Aisha Champagne said. John Pope, NOLA.com, "Tony O. Champagne Sr., former Times-Picayune illustrator, dies at 66," 9 Apr. 2018

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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heart attack

noun

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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