HEART ATTACK (Part 4) - TREATMENT & SURGERY

Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD wrote a very informative article on one of the major causes of death in our society today – heart disease.

This is imperative information that could help you, or a family member, so please take the time to read it.  It has been partitioned into 5 parts for your reading convenience. Here is what she said in her article.

Treatment may include:

    * Oxygen

    * Pain-killing medications (such as morphine)

    * Nitrate medications

    * Antiplatelet agents

    * Beta-blockers

    * Aspirin

    * Beta-blocking and/or ACE inhibitor medications

    * Anti-anxiety medications

    * Clot-busting agents: Within the first six hours after a heart attack, you may be given medications to break up blood clots in the coronary arteries.

    * Other medicines that may be given along with clot-busting agents (called platelet IIb/IIIa receptor blockers)

    * Cholesterol-lowering medications

    * Anti-anxiety medications

    * ACE inhibitors are also frequently given

There are many different medications that may be given in a combination dependent on a patient’s specific situation. Your doctors will determine which ones are the best for you. 

Surgery

Surgeries for people with severe blockages in their coronary arteries may include:

    * Coronary artery bypass surgery

    * Atherectomy

    * Balloon angioplasty with or without stenting

 
Physical or Rehabilitative Therapy

During recovery from a heart attack, you may need physical or rehabilitative therapy to help you regain your strength.

Psychotherapy or Antidepressant Medication

Some people have depression after suffering a heart attack. If you do, psychotherapy and/or antidepressant medications may help relieve depression.

You can read the other 4 parts of the article at:

Heart Attack (Part 1) - Myocardial Infarction - Causes & Risk Factors
Heart Attack (Part 2) - Symptoms
Heart Attack (Part 3) - Diagnosis & Tests
Heart Attack (Part 5) - Preventive Measures

 You can get more information on heart disease


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