Definition of heart attack in English:

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heart attack



1A sudden occurrence of coronary thrombosis, typically resulting in the death of part of a heart muscle and sometimes fatal: he died of a heart attack
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  • This helps to slow the progression of coronary heart disease and makes a heart attack less likely.
  • Being sedentary increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke by the same amount as smoking.
  • While at home he became ill and eventually died alone after a heart attack.
1.1 humorous Used in reference to a reaction of shock or great surprise: OMG, I had a heart attack when he said White Sox! you nearly gave me a heart attack - I didn’t see you there!
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  • He appeared out of nowhere, almost giving me a heart attack.
  • I guess I couldn't stay mad at her, despite the fact that she almost gave me a heart attack.
  • She had nearly been caught snooping in her parents' room and their sudden return had almost given her a heart attack.


heart attack on a plate

informal An especially unhealthy meal, typically one that is high in saturated fat: the sausage and egg sandwich in no way measured up to a full English heart attack on a plate
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  • Most things on this menu are like a heart attack on a plate.
  • I mean I love meat, but I didn't want to have a heart attack on a plate!
  • If you want to eat a "heart attack on a plate", this restaurant is for you.
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