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Heart attack

Date: January 2019


Death of heart muscle, due to inadequate blood supply, that has resulted in all of the following evidence of acute myocardial infarction:

  • typical clinical symptoms (for example, characteristic chest pain);
  • the characteristic rise of biochemical cardiac specific markers such as troponins or enzymes;
  • new characteristic electrocardiographic changes or newly occurred regional wall motion abnormality on heart imaging or an intracoronary thrombus on angiography.

The evidence must show a definite acute myocardial infarction.

For the above definition, the following is not covered:

  • other acute coronary syndromes including but not limited to angina.

No change since September 2013


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