A heart attack is one of the most life threatening issues that can occur. When the flow of blood is obstructed from reaching the heart, a heart attack will occur. Typically the blood flow is disrupted by buildups in the arteries of fat, cholesterol or other things. This “plaque” in the arteries will eventually break off and form a blood clot, obstructing the blood from reaching the heart.
Heart attacks are also called myocardial infarction. These range in severity, but many are fatal. The good news is that treatment for heart attacks continues to improve. Quick diagnosis and getting help quickly reduces the chance of death and the chance of damaging the heart muscle. Men having a heart attack should contact 911 immediately.