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A heart attack is a loss of blood flow to part of the heart. It can be mild or severe and may cause permanent damage. A blockage in blood vessels that supply the heart muscles is often the cause. It may be blocked with a build-up called plaque, a blood clot, or both.
Emergency medical care is important for a heart attack. Fast care may help to increase blood flow and stop or decrease damage. It may also stop the heart attack from being fatal.
Natural treatments are not helpful when heart attacks happen. Natural treatments may help to prevent conditions that lead to heart attacks. Most heart attacks are caused by atherosclerosis. See this topic for more information. Natural treatments may help to recover after a heart attack when used with standard care. The natural treatments in this topic will focus on the period following a heart attack.
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Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 11/16/2020