Heart attack is one of the major complications associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). Most heart attacks happen when a clot in the coronary artery blocks the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Often this leads to an irregular heartbeat – called an arrhythmia - that causes a severe decrease in the pumping function of the heart. A blockage that is not treated within a few hours causes the affected heart muscle to die.
Blood clots are the dreaded complication of the abnormal heart rhythm aka, Atrial Fibrillation. By itself the rhythm rarely is fatal. What makes it a serious heart condition is the fact that blood clots commonly form if the rhythm is not treated properly. Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm arising from the upper chambers…