Heart & Blood Condition

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is myocardial infarction during pregnancy?

Myocardial infarction is commonly called a heart attack. The term infarction refers to the death of tissue (necrosis) in a particular region, due to the blood supply being inadequate in supplying the affected region with oxygen and other consumables. In the heart, most of the needed blood flow is to supply what’s called the myocardium. Thickest of the layers of tissue that form the heart, the myocardium consists of muscle cells called cardiomyocytes. Most cardiomyocytes contract and relax in order to pump blood, plus there is a system of specialized muscle cells, which penetrate through the myocardium and other heart layers and serve to conduct electrical signals that control the heartbeat. The term myocardial infarction (MI) applies to any infarction occurring partway (non-transmural) or all the way through the myocardial layer (transmural).


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