Harvard Heart Letter

An unusual type of heart attack

Ask the doctor Q. Is it possible to have a heart attack even if you donít have any blockages in your heartís arteries? A. Yes, you can. Doctors refer to heart attacks without blocked arteries as MINOCA, which stands for myocardial infarction (that is, heart attack) with non-obstructive coronary arteries. When it occurs, people may experience typical heart attack symptoms, such as chest pressure or pain in the center of…

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