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Heart Attacks

Each year over a million people in the U.S. have a heart attack, also known as acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart is interrupted by either lack of blood flow, obstruction by a clot, or rupture of a plaque (a buildup of fat and other substances in the blood) in a coronary (heart) artery. Many individuals have coronary artery disease and do not know it until they have a heart attack or die suddenly as a result of myocardial infarction. (Jama, 2008, Vol 299, No. 4).

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What is a heart attack

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What are some of the risk factors for heart attacks?


Links to other websites:

Florida Department of Health, Heart Disease

Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Health Finder

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

American Heart Association


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