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heart attack


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heart attack
     1. n. An acute myocardial infarction, sometimes fatal, caused by the sudden occurrence of coronary thrombosis, which obstructs the blood supply to the heart and leads to necrosis of heart muscle tissue.
     2. n. (figuratively) Death or failure.
           My computer had a heart attack when I tried to get it to run that program.
     1. n. (anatomy) A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, traditionally thought to be the seat of emotion.
     2. n. Emotions, kindness, moral effort, or spirit in general.
           The team lost, but they showed a lot of heart.
     3. n. The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, etc.; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; usually in a good sense; personality.
           a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart
     1. n. An attempt to cause damage, injury to, or death of opponent or enemy.
     2. n. An attempt to detract from the worth or credibility of, a person, position, idea, object, or thing, by physical, verbal, emotional, or other assault.
           They claimed the censorship of the article was an attack on free speech.
     3. n. A time in which one attacks; the offence of a battle.
           The army timed their attack to coincide with the local celebrations.

Example Sentences

I've been told by a few doctors that a heart attack can kill you in your sleep and leave no traces. 
Eventually, you would have succumbed to an apparent heart attack
All this smog, and I'm liable to keel over and have a heart attack
Reducing cholesterol levels in a patient at high risk of coronary heart disease will make a major contribution to reducing their chance of having a heart attack

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