Heart Attack

Heart Attack

Joy Marsh and Rebecca Burke
February 22, 2024

UAB Medicine employee saved after suffering a heart attack at work

UAB Medicine employees work together daily to save lives, and sometimes it’s for one of their own. This was the case with Joy Marsh, an administrative support specialist at the UAB Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Lab, who suffered a heart attack shortly after arriving at work in November 2023. Her coworkers helped transport her to the UAB Emergency Department, then a surgery and cardiology team inserted a tiny tube called a stent to reopen a section of artery that was 100% blocked.
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heart doctors talking to one another
November 2, 2022

Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

A heart attack is permanent damage to the heart. The heart needs a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to keep it nourished, and the coronary arteries provide the heart with this crucial blood supply. But if a person has coronary artery disease, the most common cause of heart attacks, the arteries can become narrowed and […]
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patient having their blood pressure taken for World Hypertension Day
May 6, 2022

A Silent Killer: How High Blood Pressure Hurts the Body

Many people with high blood pressure (hypertension) don't know they have it. It causes damage slowly over a long period of time, often without noticeable symptoms, and it puts you at greater risks for developing life-changing and life-threatening medical conditions.
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Halloween heart attack
October 22, 2021

Should You Be Afraid of a Halloween Heart Attack?

Halloween is the official holiday of fear, when haunted attractions and horror movie marathons offer plenty of scares. But here’s an important Halloween question for medical experts: Is it possible to be frightened to death?
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Unidentifiable elderly male holding hands over heart
September 3, 2020

UAB Medicine Provides Safe Cardiovascular Care during COVID-19

This past spring, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) reported that emergency rooms across the United States were seeing a large drop in heart attack admissions. UAB Medicine also saw a decrease in cardiovascular event cases, due to patients’ fear of COVID-19. UAB Medicine responded by expanding its telehealth services and creating policies to protect patients and staff, so that it could safely provide cardiovascular care to those who need it.
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Employees wearing red and standing in the shape of a heart
January 16, 2020

UAB Medicine Observes Heart Month 2020

February is American Heart Month, an annual observance designed to increase awareness about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Each year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. Fortunately, almost 80 percent of heart disease cases can be prevented when people make healthier choices and manage their medical conditions.
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