A heart attack occurs when the coronary arteries cannot deliver oxygen-rich blood to the heart.
This often happens because the coronary arteries have developed a buildup of plaque deposits, which cause the arteries to narrow.
When the heart is deprived of this much-needed blood, it becomes starved of oxygen and the heart muscle begins to die.
Heart attack patients often need an emergency procedure to reopen the arteries and allow for normal blood flow.
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