7 Common Heart Disease Myths You Should STOP Believing
Myth #2: Some heart attacks are minor
During a heart attack, parts of the heart muscle are dying. Some people’s heart is more affected than others’ depending on the length and cause of the episode.
However, there is no such thing as a ‘minor’ heart attack. Let me explain.
There are two types of heart attacks:
- STEMI: This means that the main artery sending blood to the heart is blocked completely.
- NSTEMI: It means that there’s only a partial blockage in one of the arteries sending blood.
NSTEMI, or partial blockages, are considerably more common than total blockages. Both types of heart attacks can be managed if you get medical assistance on time.
Although STEMI heart attacks cause more damage to the heart in the long run (and may require different treatments), both types of heart attacks are serious and you should always follow your doctor’s advice.