What Are the Treatments for Heart Attacks?

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Heart attack treatment at a hospital Each minute after a heart attack, more heart tissue deteriorates or dies. Restoring blood flow quickly helps prevent heart damage. Medications Medications given to treat a heart attack include: aspirin, thrombolytics, antiplatelet agents, other blood-thinning medications, pain relievers, nitroglycerin, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and statins. Surgical and other procedures In addition to medications, you might have one of these procedures to treat your heart attack:
  • Coronary angioplasty and stenting. In this procedure, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), doctors insert a long, thin tube (catheter) that's passed through an artery in your groin or wrist to a blocked artery in your heart.
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery. Bypass surgery involves sewing veins or arteries in place beyond a blocked or narrowed coronary artery, allowing blood flow to the heart to bypass the narrowed section.
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