Heart Attack

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.

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