Heart attack

Here you'll find our current definition of the critical illness, additional condition or child specific condition we cover. We've also listed any previous definitions we may have had. With each new definition we've highlighted what's changed from the previous definition.

Current definition

November 2015

Heart attack – of specified severity

Death of heart muscle, due to inadequate blood supply, that has resulted in all of the following evidence of acute myocardial infarction:

  • the characteristic rise of cardiac enzymes or Troponins; and
  • new characteristic electrocardiographic changes or other positive findings on diagnostic imaging tests.

The evidence must show a definite acute myocardial infarction.

For the above definition, the following are not covered:

  • other acute coronary syndromes; and
  • angina without myocardial infarction.

Previous definitions

No previous entries for this condition