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ELIPS®
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
rue Gabrielle Perret-Gentil 4
(ex - 24 rue Micheli-du-Crest)
1211 Genève 14
e-mail : elips.heart@hcuge.ch

What is a myocardial infarction or heart attack ?

It is a life threatening emergency. It presents itself when, following the rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque, a blood clot occludes a coronary artery. The obstruction of the artery prevents blood from providing oxygen to the concerned region of the heart. As a consequence, this cardiac region loses the ability to contract and pump blood. Without an immediate intervention, it risks being permanently damaged.

Last modification on 24/09/2010