are heart attack and heart failure the same thing.

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Exactly heart attack and heart failure are not the same thing. Heart attack can lead to heart failure.
Heart failure is a condition when heart is not able to pump sufficient blood to the various parts of the body.
Heart attack takes place when the heart muscle is suddenly damaged due to inadequate supply of  blood to the heart. This can cause difficulty to heart in pumping blood to various body parts.
So, heart attack can cause heart failure.

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No.They are different.

Heart attack:A heart attack is the death of, or damage to, part of the heart muscle because the supply of blood to the heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped.

Heart failure:-Heart failure is a condition in which the heart has lost the ability to pump enough blood to the body's tissues. With too little blood being delivered, the organs and other tissues do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly.

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