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Coronary thrombolytic treatment at home.

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JAMA Patient Page | Myocardial Infarction Stent BLOOD FLOW NO BLOOD FLOW Balloon catheter Plaque Blood clot Heart Blocked Coronary Artery Insertion of Stent After Balloon Angioplasty Stent in Place and Blood Flow Restored Aorta Femoral artery Catheter for stent insertion H E A R T D IS E A S E The Journal of the American Medical AssociationJAMA PATIENT PAGE Myocardial Infarction Myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack, can strike without warning. A myocardial infarction occurs when blood supply to a part of the myocardium (heart muscle) is interrupted, either by lack of blood flow, obstruction by a clot, or rupture of a plaque (a buildup of fat and other substances in the blood) in a coronary (heart) artery. Many individuals have coronary artery disease and do not know it until they have a heart attack or die suddenly as a result of myocardial infarction. The January 30, 2008, issue of JAMA includes a study about the use of stents (devices that help to hold diseased coronary arteries open). SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS FOR MORE INFORMATION • American Heart Association 800/242-8721 www.americanheart.org • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 301/592-8573 www.nhlbi.nih.gov INFORM YOURSELF To find this and previous JAMA Patient Pages, go to the Patient Page link on JAMA’s Web site at www.jama.com. Many are available in English and Spanish. A Patient Page on coronary artery disease was published in the November 24, 2004, issue; one on acute coronary syndromes was published in the August 15, 2007, issue; one on percutaneous coronary intervention was published in the February 11, 2004, issue; and one on cardiac arrest was published in the January 4, 2006, issue. Janet M. Torpy, MD, Writer Cassio Lynm, MA, Illustrator Richard M. Glass, MD, Editor 476 JAMA, January 30, 2008—Vol 299, No. 4 Sources: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; American Heart Association; American Academy of Family Physicia

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