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

From: Heart Disease and Heart Attacks WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018
Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018


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