Heart Attack Medical Definition

What is a Heart Attack?” 

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Heart Attack Medical Definition

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Heart attack medical definition: A heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is blocked in one or more of the coronary arteries and a portion of the heart muscle can’t receive enough oxygen. The blockages that cause heart attacks most often come from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and/or other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart.

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Heart Attack in Medical Malpractice Cases

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and misdiagnosis of a heart attack can ultimately lead to further complications or even death. Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice that can have fatal implications if not addressed in a timely manner, especially when it comes to matters of the heart such as heart attack or other signs of heart disease. If a doctor is observant and serves up to or beyond his or her duty of care, many heart attack victims can go on to live full lives. 

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