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Is Artery obstruction a heart attack?

If you have an attack meaning the symptoms of chest pain,arm pain, vomiting and go to the ER, and the diagnosis is artery obstruction did you have a heart attack? Diagnosis is: obstruction of the arteries. An incident that had symptoms of a heart attack, so is obstruction of the arteries with incident a heart attack? I meant to say Symptomatic not with incident that is what I meant Symptomatic I also want to add that 3 out of 4 doctors said I had a heart attack. The fourth doctor said,nope it was obstruction of the arteries. The doctor that said it wasn't a heart attack also said there was no damage to the heart muscle. ER then transported to heart and trauma center same day then discharged next day from trauma center. I had one stent placement and have to return for another, from what I understand one more.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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An artery obstruction would cause a heart attack if it occured in the coronary arteries of your heart, leading to the death of muscle tissue up there (myocardial infarction). If it occurs anywhere else in the body, then no, it is not a heart attack. Artery blockages can be caused by emboli (an object blocking your artery). For example, an arterial blockage in your brain would cause a stroke, not a heart attack. I would say that this had the major hallmarks of a heart attack (e.g. chest pain, arm pain (usually the left), vomiting) but it depends if the artery was completely blocked off or partially obstructed. If it is partially obstructed so blood could get through you would be suffering from mild to severe angina (which is like a heart attack) but if it was completely blocked then it would be a heart attack.
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