What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Heart Attack

A heart attack, or myocardial

Symptoms of heart attacks in-

Massage is contraindicated for

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infarction (MI), is damage to

clude angina, shortness of breath,

patients recovering from heart

 

the myocardium caused by

a feeling of great pressure on the

attacks. After complete recov-

 

a clot or plaque fragment

chest, and pain around the left

ery, heart attack patients may

 

getting lodged somewhere

shoulder and arm, jaw, and back.

be good candidates for mas-

 

in a coronary artery, or ath-

 

sage but not without medical

 

erosclerosis so complete

 

clearance.

 

that it deprives the cardiac

 

 

 

muscle of oxygen.

 

 

 

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