A heart attack can be a terrifying event -- not only for the person who has one, but for friends and family. There's a tremendous amount of uncertainty to deal with in the early hours and days: How badly was the heart damaged? Even when the answers to specific questions aren't clear, it helps to know what to expect in the coming days and weeks.
What is a heart attack? A heart attack, also know as a myocardial infarction, is often the result of coronary artery disease, or atherosclerosis from plaque.
What to expect after a heart attack. A caregiver's guide to common physical and emotional concerns. Find out what to expect and how you can help.
Some heart attack risk factors can be controlled. Knowing the heart attack risk factors is the first step toward reducing the risk of heart attack.