heart attack

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heart attack (plural heart attacks)

  1. (cardiology) An acute myocardial infarction, sometimes fatal, caused by the sudden occurrence of coronary thrombosis, which obstructs the blood supply to the heart and leads to necrosis of heart muscle tissue.
    Synonym: myocardial infarction
    • 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in BBC[1]:
      Before kick-off, a section of Chelsea's support sadly let themselves and their club down by noisily interrupting the silence held in memory of the Hillsborough disaster and for Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini, who collapsed and died after suffering a heart attack during a Serie B game on Saturday.
  2. (figuratively) Death or failure.
    My computer had a heart attack when I tried to get it to run that program.


  • Finnish: haartätäkki


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