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Q: Can you have a heart attack with out having Blockage.

Can you have a heart attack, with out having blockage.

 

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Tara Aschenbrenner, RN, Community Member
2/13/12 8:55pm

Hi Billy Templetom:

 

The most common cause of a heart attack is due to blockages, either from plaque or a blood clot.  But there are some other uncommon causes of heart attacks, such as: a spasm of a coronary artery (drugs, such as cocaine, can cause such a life-threatening spasm), a tear in the heart artery (coronary artery dissection), and/or small blood clots or tumors that have traveled from other parts of the body (coronary embolism).

 

I've attached a link that gives you more information on causes:

Heart Attack

 

Take care,

Tara

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By Billy Templeton, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/13/12, First Published: 02/12/12