What is a Myocardial Infarction?

A Myocardial Infarction is also known as a Heart Attack. This happens when there is a reduced blood flow (oxygen) through one of the coronary arteries to the heart tissue. This blockage can cause death to the heart tissue.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack include: chest pain or discomfort, usually in the center of the chest (sometimes thought of as gas or heartburn), discomfort or pain in one or both arms, pain radiating to the back, neck, jaw or stomach, difficulty breathing, anxiety, feelings of nausea, light-headedness and / or sweating.

If a heart attack is suspected, call 911 immediately and try to remain calm. Follow any instructions previously given to you by your physician. If a person loses consciousness and has no pulse, start to institute CPR until medical help arrives.

Risk Factors for a heart attack include: Smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical immobility, obesity, Diabetes, stress and Alcohol Abuse.

Speak to your doctor about ways you can treat and / or reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.