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Heart Attack Treatment

If you had a heart attack, you will need to stay in the hospital, possibly in the intensive care unit (ICU). You will be hooked up to an ECG machine, so the health care team can look at how your heart is beating. Here are some ways to treat heart attack.

* Angioplasty and stent placement
Angioplasty, also called percutanous coronary intervention (PCI) is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart.

* Coronary artery bypass surgery
Coronary angiography may reveal severe coronary artery disease in many vessels, or a narrowing of the left main coronary artery (the vessel supplying most of the blood to the heart). In these circumstances, the cardiologist may recommend emergency coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG). This procedure is also called “open heart surgery.” The surgeon takes either a vein or artery from another location in your body and uses it to bypass the blocked coronary artery.

* Medications
With each passing minute after heart attack, more heart tissue loses oxygen and deteriorates or dies. The main way to prevent heart damage is to restore blood flow quickly. Medications given to treat a heart attack including aspirin, thrombolytics, superaspirins, nitroglycerin, beta blockers, cholesterol lowering medication, and pain relievers.


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