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What treatments are available for a heart attack?

Treatment begins at the initial suspicion of a heart attack. This may include oxygen, pain-relief medication, aspirin (to thin the blood and prevent further blood clotting), and nitroglycerin (to reduce stress on the heart and improve blood flow through the coronary arteries). Depending on the severity of the heart attack, other treatment options include anticoagulating medications, angioplasty and stenting, which are used to open blocked coronary arteries, and bypass surgery to improve blood flow to the heart by bypassing blocked arteries.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 17 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Hypertension

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