Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

Other names: acute coronary syndrome, ACS, myocardial infarction

Basic overview

  • An acute coronary syndrome refers to the sudden narrowing or blockage of an artery supplying the heart muscle.
  • The most common cause is rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque (an abnormal build-up of cholesterol and inflammatory material that lines the inside of the blood vessels). This plaque accumulates with age and other heart risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, poor diet, and being overweight.
  • The ruptured plaque leads to the formation of a blood clot that stops blood flow down the artery, essentially starving part of the heart tissue of blood and oxygen, this causes a ‘heart attack’.


  • Most patients experience a sudden onset of chest pain or tightness, often with radiation to the left arm or jaw. Some patients, particularly diabetics and the elderly, may not experience chest pain at all
  • Other associated symptoms include nausea, sweating and feeling light-headed


  • Heart attacks are a medical emergency and if delayed or left untreated, may be fatal
  • Treatment generally consists of a combination of medications and if appropriate, an angiogram to view the arteries.
  • Heart artery narrowings / blockages are treated with medications, stents, surgery (bypass grafting) or a combination of these
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Cardiology Tasmania has 6 specialist centres located in Derwent Park, Huonville, Oatland, Swansea, Rokeby, and Sorell. As well as our fixed locations, our cardiology specialists and consultants travel to regional and remote areas to ensure all patients have access to cardiology services regardless of where they live.

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Derwent Park

Northcare Health Centre, 254 Main Road, Derwent Park, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms
  • Stress echocardiograms
  • Holter monitors
Huon Valley Health Centre, 85 Main Road, Huonville, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms
Midlands Multipurpose Health, 13 Church Street, Oatlands, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms

Swansea General Practice, 37 Wellington Street, Swansea, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms

Healthology Rokeby, 46 S Arm Rd, Rokeby, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms

Sorell Doctors Surgery, 31 Gordon Street, TAS

Services Provided

  • Transthoracic echocardiograms

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