Acute Myocardial Infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, is a condition that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. The most common cause of an Acute Myocardial Infarction is a blockage formed in an artery that blocks blood flow to the heart. During an Acute Myocardial Infarction, the heart experiences a dangerous oxygen shortage, causing heart cells and tissue to die. An Acute Myocardial Infarction is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately. Without treatment, an Acute Myocardial Infarction can cause the death of heart tissue and may lead to heart failure. Acute Myocardial Infarctions remain the leading cause of death in the United States.

Common symptoms of an impending Acute Myocardial Infarction include:

  • Chest pain (usually radiating to the left arm or left side of the neck)
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Weakness

You should contact a doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of an Acute Myocardial Infarction.

Published November 17, 2011 by