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The heart is a muscle that needs oxygen to survive. A heart attack is a condition that occurs when your heart does not get enough oxygen. When this happens, the heart muscle begins to die. This can cause permanent damage if not treated right away. A heart attack is a medical emergency.
This condition may be called a myocardial infarction, or MI. It is also known as acute coronary syndrome (ACS). ACS is a term used to describe a group of conditions that affect blood flow to the heart.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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