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heart attack:

see under infarctioninfarction,
blockage of blood circulation to a localized area or organ of the body resulting in tissue death. Infarctions commonly occur in the spleen, kidney, lungs, brain, and heart.
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heart attack

any sudden severe instance of abnormal heart functioning, esp coronary thrombosis
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The number of heart attacks treated in UK hospitals rose by 13,000 last year, and the charity says that could be due to better diagnosis and recording.
In the German study of patients who had a heart attack, researchers found the patients to be more than three times as likely to have been in traffic within an hour of the onset of their heart attack.
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back.
The biological events linking emotional stress and heart attack are poorly understood.
A study reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2005 Conference in Dallas last November suggests that the city's ban on smoking in all public buildings helped reduce the local heart attack rate by 27% over a year and a half.
Women with diabetes are three to seven times more likely to develop heart disease and have a heart attack, and are at much greater risk of having a stroke than women without diabetes.
So far, however, no one in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, or Dallas has noticed a 40 percent drop in heart attacks.
Each year, approximately 1 million Americans have a heart attack, which accounts for 41% of all deaths in the United States.
In a large Italian study, 2,800 heart attack survivors were given a daily dose of fish oil that contained 850 milligrams of omega-3 fats.
3 million Americans age 20 and older have a history of heart attacks.
In women, heart attacks are more likely to occur after menopause (usually, after about age 50).
The nice thing about the study was that all the new 'therapy' used for the treatment of heart attacks to reduce complications and death could be administered.