What drugs are used to treat a heart attack, and what do they do?
Drugs used to treat a heart attack include:
Other drugs, given during or after a heart attack, lessen your heart's workload, help your heart work better, widen or dilate your blood vessels, ease your pain, and guard against life-threatening heart rhythms.
- Aspirin to prevent blood clotting that may worsen the heart attack
- Antiplatelets to prevent blood clotting
- Thrombolytic therapy ("clot busters") to dissolve blood clots in the heart's arteries
- Any combination of the above
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