Heart attack is caused by narrowed heart arteries. When arteries are narrowed (a process called atherosclerosis), less blood and oxygen reaches the heart muscle. This is also called coronary artery disease and coronary heart disease. This can ultimately lead to heart attack.
A heart attack happens when a blockage in one or more coronary arteries reduces or stops blood flow to the heart, which starves a part of the heart muscle of oxygen.
Women tend to develop symptoms of heart disease at a much later stage of the illness than men. Their symptoms are often vaguer or ‘non-specific’.
Risk Factors in Women
What Tests Will I Have
The type of heart attack (also called myocardial infarction, or MI) you experienced determines the treatments your doctor will choose.
The blockage might be complete or partial.
What to Do & What to Expect
Treatment of a Patient With Heart Attack (STEMI)
Blockage of the right coronary artery in a heart attack patient
Following successful coronary angioplasty, the flow in the affected coronary artery is now re-established