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    Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    If somebody is having a heart disease, what do you people normally say?

    Like if "John is suffering from a heart diseases" how would we say it?

    John is having a heart problem.
    John is having a cardiac problem.

    John has a heart problem.
    John has a cardiac problem.

    Or if there is any other way of saying the same thing in a more natural way, tell me about it.

    Tell me if native speakers use "cardiac" or is it a medical term used by doctors?

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    Re: Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    It would usually not be natural to say, 'is having' unless the person is having a heart attack at the time of speaking. If it is an ongoing condition, use 'has'.
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    Re: Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    What have you found from Ngrams?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Apr-2016 at 18:54. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    For me, it's a medical term. But even doctors use the term "heart" because that's what the public understands.
    As well as "cardiac", there is also "coronary", which applies specifically to arteries that go around the heart (like a crown). So "heart attack" usually refers to a myocardial infarct, due to a coronary occlusion.

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    Re: Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    So "heart attack" usually refers to a myocardial infarct, due to a coronary occlusion.
    "myocardial infarct" sounds very medical to me. Is it understandable to native speakers, and do they use this term in normal conversation?

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    Re: Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    Only the more interested lay people would use this term. With the advent of the internet, more people know the medical terms, but not as many are fluent in the correct use of them.
    I've noticed that Spanish and Italian speakers understand them better, since the terms derive from Latin.

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    I know what a "myocardial infarction" is but only from watching the TV series, ER, for 15 years!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I know what a "myocardial infarction" is but only from watching the TV series, ER, for 15 years!
    All you people are well educated on this forum and many of you are linguists, I was wondering if an average native speaker was familiar with these terms. Like I know a guy from Australia on facebook he was dropped out of school and he doesn't even write correct spellings when he writes English, even though he is a native speaker, So are such terminologies comprehensible to people like him?

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    Re: Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    I wasn't a TV watcher when I joined our local fire department and rescue squad. That was the first place I heard (and used) myocardial infarction, though we almost always abbreviated it to M.I.
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    Re: Heart problem/cardiac problem which one of them is a more frequently used term?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I wasn't a TV watcher .
    What is a TV watcher? it sounds like someone who watches TV but from what you have written it seems like a TV show. Is it a slang word? I have never heard it before.

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