Heart Attack Treatment Options
What Are Some of the Treatment Options and Guidelines?
Early treatment can prevent or limit damage to the heart muscle. Acting fast, at the first symptoms of heart attack, can save your life. Medical personnel can begin diagnosis and treatment even before you get to the hospital.
Certain treatments are usually started right away if a heart attack is suspected, even before the diagnosis is confirmed. These include:
- Aspirin to prevent further blood clotting
- Nitroglycerin, to reduce the workload on the heart and improve blood flow through the coronary arteries
- Treatment for chest pain
Once the diagnosis of heart attack is confirmed or strongly suspected, treatments to try to restore blood flow to the heart are started as soon as possible. Treatments include drugs such as beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and anticoagulants, antiplatelet (aspirin and clopidogrel) and medical procedures such as angioplasty, coronary artery bypass grafting.
SOURCE: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.com. How Is a Heart Attack Treated?