As soon as you notice the symptoms of a heart attack, you should seek emergency care right away for specialized care to restore blood flow to the heart. The primary goal in the ER is to get a rapid diagnosis so that treatment can be administered as soon as possible. Below is a glance at the types of lifesaving treatment used to address a heart attack in the ER.
Blood clots can narrow the arteries and prevent blood from flowing to the heart. Clot busting medications dissolve blood clots, but they are generally only effective when given within a few hours of the first heart attack symptoms.
PCI, or percutaneous coronary intervention, is a procedure in which a balloon is threaded through the arteries to clear the blockage. This non-surgical procedure is performed by accessing the coronary artery in the groin or upper thigh. The doctor may also place a stent in the artery to prevent future blood clots that could lead to another cardiac episode.
Oxygen therapy may be used before a diagnosis is even made. This therapy will increase your oxygen intake so that damage to the heart is minimized. Your doctor may also choose to give you aspirin to thin the blood as a diagnosis is made.
It is important for patients to recognize that emergency care is only a part of the recovery process following a heart attack. Rehabilitation, which includes significant lifestyle changes will be necessary to improve heart health and prevent a secondary episode.
For heart attack care you can rely on in West Florida, connect with Englewood Community Hospital. You can visit us on our website or call (888) 685-1598 to learn more about our cardiac care program. We maintain low ER wait times to save valuable seconds when heart attack patients arrive at our door.