Heart Disease

Information, Symptoms, Treatments and Resources


What Is a Heart Attack?

Anatomy of a Heart Attack

Anatomy of a Heart Attack

More than 720,000 Americans will have a heart attack this year. All of those heart attacks will cause permanent damage to the heart; nearly a third will be deadly. When a heart attack strikes, being able to identify what’s happening to your body and knowing when to call for help are key to survival. Read on to learn what happens before, during and after a heart attack.

By Jenilee Matz, MPH. Jenilee Matz, MPH, is a medical writer, health educator, and triathlete based in Charlotte, NC. Published May 29, 2012.