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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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)

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

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

(Nitrostat)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Treatment name(s)

(Brilinta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)
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)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)

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)

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

(Plavix)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constant brain fog excessive bleeding 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Nitrostat)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
cluster headaches dizziness and feeling faint
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Brilinta)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
bruising headaches
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
amber colored urine burning sensation in skin 8 more
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for heart attack (myocardial infarction) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness none
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (5) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constant brain fog drowsy in a.m.
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 2
20s 48
30s 87
40s 221
50s 442
60s 377
70+ 187
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 16
20-29 years 30
30-39 years 80
40-49 years 139
50-59 years 139
60-69 years 48
70+ years 7

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 603
Female 765

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 805
Not Diagnosed 44

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