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Angina and Heart Attack

HeartAttackPainAngina and heart attacks are caused by furring up of the heart arteries which leads to narrowing and blockages in the heart arteries. This narrowing is due to a build up of atheroma (fatty deposits) in the wall of the artery. This blockage causes a symptom of chest, arm or neck tightness on exertion. If the narrowing becomes ‘unstable’ a blood clot can form on the narrowing which causes a complete blockage which leads on to a heart attack. This may also be called an acute coronary syndrome, coronary thrombosis or myocardial infarction. Angina and heart attacks may be diagnosed and treated with a coronary angiogram and stent insertion.


For more information visit the British Heart Foundation:

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                             Blocked right coronary artery causing Inferior Myocardial Infarction

 

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