Caring for the hearts of Central Texas Since 1971

(254) 399-5400

Caring for the Hearts of Central Texas Since 1971 (254) 399-5400

Heart Attack

A heart attack, also known as an MI for myocardial infarction occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart muscle is seriously decreased or stops. The blood flow decrease or stoppage happens when there is a blockage in one or more of the coronary arteries that take blood to the heart muscle. This tends to occur due to plaque accumulation, which is called arteriosclerosis (or atherosclerosis). Plaque can break off and cause a blood clot and block the artery. This causes the heart attack. The blockage of a coronary artery can also be referred to as coronary thrombosis or coronary occlusion.  If blood stops for more than a few minutes, the muscle cells are permanently damaged and die. Depending on how much the heart muscle has been damaged, this damage can cause the patient to die or become seriously disabled.  Most hospitals have special protocols to treat heart attack victims as quickly as possible by doing an emergency angiogram with an angioplasty or stent to open up the blocked artery.

Our Central Texas Locations

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Waco Cardiology Associates
7125 New Sanger Avenue, Ste. A
Waco, TX 76712
Clifton Medical Clinic
201 Posey Ave
Clifton, Texas 76634
Coryell Specialty Clinic
1507 W Main St.
Gatesville, Texas 76528
Family Practice Rural Health Clinic
303 North Brown
Hamilton, Texas 76531
Hill Regional Hospital
1323 East Franklin Street, Suite 103
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Parkview Rural Health Clinic
514 S. Bonham, Suite B
Mexia, Texas 76667
Lake Whitney Physicians Clinic
202 East Jefferson
Whitney, Texas 76692
Limestone Family Medicine Center
701 McClintic Drive
Groesbeck, Texas 76642