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  • On the alert for deep-vein blood clots

    On the alert for deep-vein blood clots

    Clots that form in a leg or arm vein can be deadly; prevention is key. Blood clots are lifesavers when they seal a cut. They can be dangerous, even deadly, when they form inside an artery or vein. A blood clot inside a coronary artery can trigger a heart attack; one inside an artery feeding […]

  • Chest pain: A heart attack or something else?

    Chest pain: A heart attack or something else?

    Tips for telling cardiac chest pain from other types That dull burning in your chest doesn’t seem to be going away, and even feels like it is getting worse. Is it a heart attack, or something else? It’s a vexing question, one that millions of people — and their doctors — face each year. What’s […]

  • Heart attacks come in all kinds, sizes

    Heart attacks come in all kinds, sizes

    A guide to STEMI, Q waves, and other heart-attack terms. The term “heart attack” does an excellent job conveying the severity of an all-too-common event. But it hides a remarkable diversity of medical emergencies that differ in cause, geography, consequences, and initial treatment. We use “heart attack” as shorthand for myocardial infarction (MI) — an […]