About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Español
VNA of Care New England
VNA of Care New England

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 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 health care 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

References

Acute coronary syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 31, 2014. Accessed April 10, 2014.

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.html. Updated December 17, 2013. Accessed April 10, 2014.

Prevention and treatment of 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. Updated January 23, 2013. Accessed April 10, 2014.

ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 31, 2014. Accessed April 10, 2014.

Revision Information

Health Headlines
Health Highlights: July 27, 2014View in a lightbox
Wives' Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce RateView in a lightbox
Don't Let Kids Drink Pool WaterView in a lightbox
Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts SayView in a lightbox
Health Tip: Pack Safety Essentials for a Long HikeView in a lightbox
VNA of Care New England
© 2011 Site Index | Disclaimer | Legal Notices