Heart attacks occur when blood clots form in the arteries and block blood flow to the heart. This deprives heart muscle cells of oxygen, which causes the cells to die in a process called infarction. Infarction causes heart tissue to die and may lead to heart failure. Without immediate treatment, heart failure may be irreversible and fatal. Currently, heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States.

Heart attacks symptoms include:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Upper body discomfort (including back, arms, neck, jaw, or stomach)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

You should contact a doctor immediately if you feel any heart attack symptoms.

Heart attacks are a serious side effect for many medications, including:

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, contact one of our heart attack attorneys today for a confidential and free case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by