Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Surgery
On rare occasions, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is done on an emergency basis to treat a heart attack. Coronary artery bypass grafting, also called bypass surgery or "cabbage, " may be needed when a heart attack cannot be safely and effectively treated with medicine or angioplasty. For example, bypass surgery may be done when there are blockages in the coronary arteries that cannot
Coronary Artery Disease - When to Call a Doctor
Call or other emergency services immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:Chest pain that has not gone away within 5 minutes after taking one 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. Chest pain or discomfort that is crushing or squeezing, feels ..
Living With Heart Failure
Your attitude and level of participation in your treatment can strongly impact how you feel. Taking care of yourself will help you feel better and improve your health so that you can enjoy life. Taking your medicines as directed, controlling your diet, and getting regular exercise are lifestyle changes that are key to controlling heart failure symptoms and preventing sudden heart failure.Limit ...
Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Treatment for Complications
In the past decade, angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), has become a common procedure in large medical centers in the United States. Angioplasty is done during cardiac catheterization or coronary angiogram.During a cardiac catheterization, a tiny tube (called a catheter) is threaded through an artery of an arm or leg up into the heart and a dye that contains ...
The best way to prevent heart failure is to make changes in your lifestyle that lower your risk of developing heart disease. It is also important to control certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, to lessen your chances of developing heart failure. Heart disease caused by narrowing and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) in the blood vessels of the heart and ..
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 ...
Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Prevention
The percentage of Americans who have a heart attack, as well as the number of resulting deaths, has continued to decrease since the 1970s. This decline is mainly attributed to the steps people are taking to prevent coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and changing diet and exercise habits.14The most important lifestyle changes that you .
Coronary Artery Disease - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I have an angiogram to test for coronary artery disease? Should I stop life - prolonging treatment?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Exercising for a ...
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 ..
Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Medications
Medicines for unstable anginaCertain medicines can help keep blood from clotting, reduce the risk that unstable angina may develop into a heart attack, and decrease your chance of dying. These include:Aspirin and other antiplatelet medicines (such as clopidogrel or ticlopidine). Anticoagulants, such as heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), dalteparin (Fragmin), and bivalirudin (Angiomax). Medicines that