- By Dana Sparks
How a Heart Attack Happens (Animation)
We often hear the term “heart attack” but there can be confusion about what's actually happening to the heart. This Mayo Clinic animation illustrates the most common way people experience a heart attack. You can include this in any of your heart health reporting.[animation TRT :17]
This voiceover script and heart attack animation are available in the downloads above
Broadcast cg: Courtesy Mayo Clinic
A heart attack begins in one of the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is a buildup of plaque inside the artery walls. When plaque ruptures it may create a blood clot large enough to block the artery, cutting off vital blood flow to heart muscle. Heart Attack.