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How is a heart attack treated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Your treatment options will vary based on the nature of your heart attack. Chewing an aspirin and calling an ambulance are actions you should take the second you suspect you're experiencing a heart attack. Aspirin thins the blood, which can help with your blood clot. Once at the hospital, the medical staff may give you a beta blocker or nitroglycerin. These substances make the heart beat less quickly, which releases some of the stress on the heart muscle. They may also prescribe a blood thinner or blood clot buster to help with clotting. If your condition is severe, you may need immediate surgery.

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