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How Your Heart Rate Changes During a Heart Attack

The phrase “heart attack” may generate mental pictures of someone’s heart suddenly being motionless. Although it is possible that a severe heart attack might result in cardiac arrest, which is the medical term for when the heart suddenly stops beating, it is much more probable that your heart will beat more quickly or even consistently while you are experiencing a heart attack.

According to Robert Segal, M.D., a cardiologist and the founder of Manhattan Cardiology in New York City, a heart attack is also known as a myocardial infarction (MI), and it occurs when a portion of the heart muscle either does not get enough blood or does not receive any blood at all. Read the article.