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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Ezetimibe, a low-cost generic drug, may be given to patients at high risk of a heart attack or stroke if statins don’t work, the guidelines said. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "New Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol Take a Personal Approach," 10 Nov. 2018 Those who had weight loss surgery had a 40 percent lower chance of developing a heart attack or stroke in the five years following surgery compared to those who got usual care with diabetes medicines or insulin. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Obesity surgery may lower heart-attack danger in diabetics, study finds," 16 Oct. 2018 Typically measured by doctors using a machine with multiple leads, ECGs can help monitor for heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation and heart attacks. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A bigger, better watchOS experience," 26 Sep. 2018 Social isolation has been associated with significant increases in both mortality risk and risk for a heart attack or stroke. Markham Heid, Time, "Is Working Remotely Bad for Your Health?," 9 July 2018 During that time, those with erectile dysfunction were twice as likely to have suffered a heart attack or stroke. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Erectile dysfunction isn't just about sex. It could be a major sign of heart disease, study says," 11 June 2018 Henry Fonda told the children their mother’s death had been a heart attack. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jane Fonda says her mother's suicide 'impacted her sense of self'," 19 Sep. 2018 His daughter, Diane, said the cause was a heart attack. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Nick Meglin, a Mad Magazine mainstay, dies at 82," 17 June 2018 The cause of death was a heart attack, Cooper said Thursday. Lynn Elber, USA TODAY, "Olivia Cole, Emmy-winning 'Roots' star, dies at age 75," 25 Jan. 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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