Heart attack (myocardial infarction)

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What is heart attack (myocardial infarction)?

A heart attack, also called myocardial infarction, is when blood vessels that supply blood to the heart are blocked, preventing enough oxygen from getting to the heart. The heart muscle dies or becomes permanently damaged.

Common symptoms reported by people with heart attack (myocardial infarction)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with heart attack (myocardial infarction)

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Plavix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
23
Treatment name(s)

(Nitrostat)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (6) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Homozon Oxygen Therapy)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Brilinta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
4

Data from patients with heart attack (myocardial infarction), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with heart attack (myocardial infarction)

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Plavix)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruising Constant brain fog 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Heartburn
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Nitrostat)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
cluster headaches Dizziness and feeling faint
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning sensation in skin Digestive problems 8 more
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (6) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Homozon Oxygen Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drooling especially at night
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Brilinta)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Bruising Headaches
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness
Total evaluations
2
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with heart attack (myocardial infarction), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has heart attack (myocardial infarction) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 44
30s 63
40s 153
50s 328
60s 290
70+ 120
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 11
20-29 years 22
30-39 years 50
40-49 years 88
50-59 years 87
60-69 years 26
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

51% Female
49% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 468
Not Diagnosed 41

These charts show data from heart attack (myocardial infarction) patients who have completed their condition history
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