Treatment for Heart Attack

Not everyone who has had a heart attack needs open-heart surgery, such as a bypass operation. A procedure known as angioplasty can help unblock arteries. And people can do well with medication, gradual exercise, and healthy lifestyle changes. Learn more about treatment for heart attack ›

Why Aspirin Prevents Heart Attacks

That ordinary bottle of aspirin in your medicine cabinet not only relieves pain and reduces fever, it can help treat a heart attack underway and prevent one in those at high risk. It is a major weapon against those dangerous blood clots that can clog arteries supplying your heart, a major cause of a heart attack. Aspirin can help save your life but it is not safe or appropriate for everyone. Is aspirin therapy right for you?

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Types of Diets for Heart Attack Prevention

Whether you have had a heart attack before, or are trying to avert one from the get-go, you’ll want to include a heart-healthy diet into your heart disease prevention plan. The aim of a heart disease prevention diet is to lose weight if you are overweight, and to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides. Organized diet plans can help make these goals a reality.

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Post Heart Attack Recovery and Rehabilitation

If you have a heart attack, heart procedure, or heart surgery, your doctor will probably recommend a cardiac rehabilitation program to help you become stronger and healthier. Cardiac rehab is a good way to ease you back into daily life after a heart attack. It will also help you learn how to make lifestyle changes necessary to prevent a repeat event.

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Heart Attack Prevention Programs

Some of the factors that increase your risk of heart attack are under your control. Whether a doctor has issued you a strong warning or you want to get on a path of heart health on your own, you may want to consider enrolling in a heart attack prevention program. This way you can address your personal heart hazards and lower the chance you’ll have a heart attack.

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Cardiac Catheterization Procedure

Cardiac catheterization is performed to further diagnose coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, and/or certain congenital (present at birth) heart conditions, such as atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect, when other less invasive types of diagnostic tests indicate the presence of one of these conditions.

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What Is Angioplasty?

Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is performed to open blocked coronary arteries caused by coronary artery disease (CAD) and to restore arterial blood flow to the heart tissue without open-heart surgery.

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is administered when someone's breathing or pulse stops. If both have stopped, then sudden death has occurred. While some of the causes of sudden death include poisoning, drowning, choking, suffocation, electrocution, or smoke inhalation, the most common cause is from heart attack.

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