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Treatments for Heart Attack

The treatment of a heart attack involves emergency medical care before and after reaching the hospital. Initial care includes oxygen therapy to increase the amount of oxygen to the heart muscle, and medications to help open blood vessels and increase blood flow to affected area. After you are stabilized, recovery and management includes medications, lifestyle changes, cardiac rehabilitation and/or cardiac surgery to help recovery and prevent future heart attacks.

The goals of treatment are to restore blood flow to the heart muscle and prevent another heart attack.

It is likely you will have a healthcare team that is made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. It is important to maintain contact with your medical team, adhere to recommended treatment, and go to any recommended appointments.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatmentsSurgery

Revision Information

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  • How is a heart attack treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/heartattack/treatment. Updated January 27, 2015. Accessed March 2, 2017.

  • Treatment of a heart attack. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Prevention-and-Treatment-of-Heart-Attack%5FUCM%5F002042%5FArticle.jsp#.VxFDx02FMdU. Updated September 16, 2016. Accessed March 2, 2017.

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