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myocardial infarction

Miquel Porta

Edited by John M. Last

in A Dictionary of Public Health

Second edition


Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191844386

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Necrosis of a portion of heart muscle due to oxygen lack, usually caused by occlusion of a coronary artery by atherosclerosis or thrombosis, or both. This is a common life-threatening condition that occurs in the advanced stages of coronary heart disease and is among the most common causes of death in many Western industrial nations. It is increasingly common in many industrializing nations, such as India, and indeed worldwide, except in Sub-Saharan Africa....

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