In this medical video learn how a life-saving drug for people with diabetes helped some recover from a heart attack.
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Jennifer Matthews: Jim Hultman loves spending time with his dog, Bud. Jim Hultman: Having a dog is just a wonderful experience. He is the best. Jennifer Matthews: He's lucky to have enough energy to keep up with Bud. Five years ago, Jim had a heart attack. Jim Hultman: My health history before the heart attack is like ... nothing. Jennifer Matthews: Jim joined a clinical trial with Dr. Paresh Dandona, who gives more than standard drugs to heart attack patients. He also gives them insulin -- a treatment commonly used by diabetics. The insulin is infused insulin for 48 hours after the attack. Dr. Paresh Dandona : Insulin is probably going to turn out to be more effective than all of those drugs. Jennifer Matthews: Insulin dramatically reduces inflammation. When given within three hours of a heart attack, low doses reduce heart damage by 50 percent. Dr. Paresh Dandona: There may be a substantial chunk of that heart muscle which is subject to potential injury that might be saved if you get in there on time. Jennifer Matthews: Today, Hultman does everything he did before his heart attack. His goal now is to reduce stress with a little help from Bud. Jim Hultman: Bud and I go probably four times a week for at least 30 minutes. Jennifer Matthews: A healthy lifestyle that's added protection for his heart. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.