What’s the purpose of drugs that treat a heart attack, and when should they be given?


The goals of drug therapy for treating heart attacks are to break up or prevent blood clots, prevent platelets from gathering and sticking to plaque, stabilize the plaque, and prevent further damage.

These medications must be given as soon as possible to lessen heart damage. The longer the delay in starting these drugs, the more damage can happen and the less benefit the drugs can give you.

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


What drugs are used to treat a heart attack, and what do they do?


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