What Is a Myocardial Infarction (MI)?
A Myocardial Infarction (MI) is a heart attack. The American Heart Association reports that nearly “every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.” There are two types of heart attacks: NSTEMI and STEMI.
- NSTEMI: This occurs when there is a partial blockage of an artery that results in a reduction of oxygen to the heart. An NSTEMI will present itself as a decreased ST segment on the patient’s EKG.
- STEMI: This occurs when there is a full blockage of an artery that results in a complete lack of oxygen to the heart. A STEMI is more intense than an NSTEMI and can be fatal. A STEMI will appear as an elevated ST segment on the patient’s EKG.
When most people think of a heart attack, they think of chest pain. Yet, a heart attack can cause a number of unexpected symptoms like,
- Chest Pressure
- Jaw Pain
- Neck Pain
- Stomach Pain
- Arm Pain
- Difficulty Breathing
Women and men often experience different heart attack symptoms. Women usually show signs of nausea and difficulty breathing. On the other hand, men’s most prominent symptom is pain.
A heart attack can happen to anyone, but there are factors which can increase your risk.
- Preexisting Conditions (Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Etc.)
- A Family History of Heart Attacks
- History of Cardiac Conditions
- Poor Diet
- Lack of Exercise
- High Cholesterol
What To Do If You Think You Are Having A Heart Attack
If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, seek medical attention immediately. Whether you are in the ER or in the ambulance, ask about receiving oxygen, pain medication, and anticoagulants.
Click here to see our blog post about what to do if you think your doctor has failed to adequately diagnose or treat a heart attack.
Medical Malpractice Claim
If you think you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack and received negligent medical care, you should contact Bonner Law. Michael P. Bonner has over 30 years of experience in medical malpractice litigation, and he will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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