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heart attack

noun, Pathology.
damage to an area of heart muscle that is deprived of oxygen, usually due to blockage of a diseased coronary artery, typically accompanied by chest pain radiating down one or both arms, the severity of the attack varying with the extent and location of the damage; myocardial infarction.
Origin of heart attack
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
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  • Of course, you can call it heart attack, but fear brought it on.

    The Whispering Spheres Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • He couldn't do that, though; poor old Harv Dorflay might have a heart attack.

    Ministry of Disturbance Henry Beam Piper
  • "Var died of a heart attack in the middle of a battle," Harding announced.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • Then, you see, when Dennis had his heart attack, I thought he was only pretending.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • A tragedy had occurred at Oakley and Housman had died suddenly of a heart attack.

    Passing By Maurice Baring
British Dictionary definitions for heart attack

heart attack

any sudden severe instance of abnormal heart functioning, esp coronary thrombosis
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heart attack in Medicine

heart attack n.
Acute myocardial infarction typically resulting from an occlusion or obstruction of a coronary artery and characterized by sudden, severe pain in the chest that often radiates to the shoulder, arm, or jaw.

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heart attack in Science
heart attack  
Necrosis of a region of the heart muscle caused by an interruption in the supply of blood to the heart, usually as a result of occlusion of a coronary artery resulting from coronary artery disease. Symptoms typically include sudden, crushing chest pain, nausea, and sweating. Characteristic changes in the electrocardiogram are used to diagnose heart attacks. Also called myocardial infarction.
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heart attack in Culture

heart attack definition

An episode of heart failure or the stopping of normal heart function; a coronary thrombosis. Symptoms of a heart attack include pain and pressure in the chest, which often spread to the shoulder, arm, and neck. Today, physicians tend to define heart attack in terms of muscle damage to the heart caused by oxygen deprivation.

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