2nd October 2019


Can an embolism cause a heart attack?

Pulmonary emboli are the most common. Coronary relates to or denotes the arteries that surround and supply the heart. An embolism in an artery in the brain can cause a transient ischaemic attack, or a stroke. An embolism in a coronary artery (an artery on the surface of the heart) can cause a heart attack.

So, can a heart attack be caused by a blood clot?

A heart attack results when a blood clot completely obstructs a coronary artery supplying blood to the heart muscle and heart muscle dies. The blood clot that causes the heart attack usually forms at the site of rupture of an atherosclerotic, cholesterol plaque on the inner wall of a coronary artery.
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