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  1. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Treatment Overview

    When a heart attack is in progress, you need to act quickly. Prompt treatment with medicines, angioplasty combined with stenting, or surgery to restore blood flow soon after symptoms first begin can prevent permanent injury to the heart muscle and save your life.Initial treatmentIf you are having a heart attack, the goal of your health care team will be to prevent permanent heart muscle damage by

  2. Coronary Artery Disease - Surgery

    The goals of surgery for coronary artery disease (CAD) are to: Restore blood flow to the heart muscle.Relieve chest pain (angina).Allow you to maintain or resume a normal lifestyle. In some cases, surgery may allow you to live longer.Although many people with CAD can be treated with medication or angioplasty, coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is sometimes needed. This surgery routes blood ...

  3. Surgery

    People who have heart failure with chest pain (angina) or who have had a heart attack in the past may benefit from coronary artery bypass surgery or angioplasty to open clogged arteries. Some people may have surgery to repair specific underlying causes of heart failure, such as damaged valves. In cases that have a specific treatable cause, surgery sometimes can greatly improve or eliminate heart .

  4. Exams and Tests

    Heart failure is a complex medical condition. There are several types of heart failure and a variety of causes. For these reasons, you will likely have several different tests over a period of time to help diagnose the cause of the disease and find out how severe it is. In some cases the cause of heart failure can be fixed (such as a heart valve defect) or is easily treatable (such as a thyroid ..

  5. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Exams and Tests

    Emergency evaluation for a heart attackAfter you call for a heart attack, paramedics will quickly assess your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate and place electrodes on your chest for an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG). An electrocardiogram is a graphic record of the heart's electrical activity as it contracts and relaxes. The ECG's jagged - line image appears on a portable monitor, and i

  6. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if you have any of the following symptoms of a heart attack:You have chest pain that has not improved or that gets worse within 5 minutes after taking 1 nitroglycerin and/or resting. After calling, continue to stay on the phone with the emergency operator; he or she will give you further instructions. See how to take nitroglycerin.You have chest pain ..

  7. Coping With Your Feelings

    Heart failure brings big changes to your life. You may struggle with sadness and worry. You may wonder if you'll still be able to enjoy your life. Coping with your feelings and seeking help when you need it can help you live better with heart failure. Depression and anxiety One Woman's Story: Joan,54 "I would sit at my kitchen table and feel I was in this cloud of dread. I didn't feel like ...

  8. Other Treatment

    Biventricular pacingSeveral new medical advances benefit people with heart failure. One is the biventricular pacemaker, which synchronizes the rhythm of the heart's chambers (cardiac resynchronization). It has been shown to improve quality of life in people who have severe heart failure and heart rhythm problems.6 New guidelines from the American Heart Association recommend biventricular pacing ..

  9. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Overview

    What is a heart attack?A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the heart starts to die. A heart attack doesn't have to be deadly. Quick treatment can restore blood flow to the heart and save your life.Your doctor might call a heart attack a myocardial infarction, or MI. What is angina, and why is unstable angina a ...

  10. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Life After a Heart Attack

    Coming home after a heart attack may be unsettling. Your hospital stay may have seemed too short. You may be nervous about being home without medical oversight after being so closely attended to in the hospital. However, you have undergone tests that tell your doctor that it is safe for you to return home. Furthermore, to reduce your risk of having another heart attack, your doctor may recommend .

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