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How does a heart attack affect the body?

A heart attack affects the body by damaging the heart muscle. Without oxygen, the heart muscle begins to die and scar tissue forms there instead. The damage may lead to long-lasting problems. Complications after a heart attack include irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), heart rupture (myocardial rupture), heart failure, leaking heart valves, low blood pressure and swelling of the heart sac (pericarditis).

Dr. Saeed Payvar, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

A heart attack affects the body by forcing it into stress mode, which makes you feel ill. Saeed Payvar, MD, from West Valley Cardiology Services, says this should hopefully send you to the ER for quick diagnosis.

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