Treatments for Heart Attack

The treatment and management of heart attack involves emergency medical care before and after reaching the hospital, medications, lifestyle changes and, possibly, a cardiac procedure or surgery.

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

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Other treatments
Surgery

References:

American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org . August 14, 2008.

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 16th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2004.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ .



Last reviewed July 2008 by Michael J. Fucci, DO

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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