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Overview

In the movies, heart attacks are always very obvious. In reality, heart attacks aren't always so sudden or dramatic. Read our brief overview for information about heart attacks.[read article]

Tests for Heart Attack

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An electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) is a simple, painless test that measures your heart's electrical activity. Every heartbeat is triggered by a...  More
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Enzymes are complex proteins that facilitate chemical changes in every part of the body. Your body needs enzymes to function. The CPK isoenzymes test is a way to me...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Serum Troponin I Test
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Enzymes are complex proteins that facilitate chemical changes in every part of the body. Your body needs enzymes to function. The CPK isoenzymes test is a way to me...  More
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An exercise stress test is used to determine how well your heart responds during times when it is working the hardest. During the test, you will be asked to exercis...  More
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A thallium stress test is a nuclear imaging test that shows how well blood flows into the heart during exercise and at rest. A radioisotope (nuclear material) is ad...  More
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Cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure that cardiologists (heart specialists) use to evaluate heart function and diagnose cardiovascular conditions. During ...  More
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Serum Troponin T Test
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A coronary angiography is a test to find out if you have a blockage in a coronary artery. Your doctor will be concerned that you are at risk of a heart attack if yo...  More
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An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to produce live images of your heart, allowing your doctor to monitor how your heart and its valves are functionin...  More
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An X-ray is an imaging test that uses small amounts of radiation to produce pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body. When focused on the chest, it ca...  More
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If you have heart failure it's important to follow a heart healthy diet. Join experts as they discuss recommended dietary restrictions necessary to keep your he...  More
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Enzymes are complex proteins that facilitate chemical changes in every part of the body. Your body needs enzymes to function. The CPK isoenzymes test is a way to me...  More
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Medical Procedures for Heart Attack

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Oxygen therapy provides supplemental oxygen to people with breathing disorders.  More
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A stent is a tiny tube that is inserted into a blocked passageway. The stent keeps the passageway open. This allows the flow of blood or other fluids (depending on ...  More
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Surgical Procedures for Heart Attack

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Angioplasty and stent placement are common procedures to open clogged arteries in the heart. These procedures are formally known as coronary angioplasty or percutan...  More
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Heart bypass surgery is also known as coronary bypass surgery. The goal of this surgery is to replace damaged arteries in your heart with blood vessels from another...  More
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Angioplasty and stent placement are common procedures to open clogged arteries in the heart. These procedures are formally known as coronary angioplasty or percutan...  More
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Prescribed Medications for Heart Attack

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ATENOLOL (a TEN oh lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high b...  More
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NIACIN (NYE a sin) is used in combination with a healthy diet to lower 'bad' cholesterol and increase 'good' cholesterol. This medicine is also ...  More
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ENALAPRIL (e NAL a pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.  More
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CLOPIDOGREL (kloh PID oh grel) helps to prevent blood clots. This medicine is used to prevent heart attack, stroke, or other vascular events in people who are at hi...  More
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ENOXAPARIN (ee nox a PA rin) is used after knee, hip, or abdominal surgeries to prevent blood clotting. It is also used to treat existing blood clots in the lungs o...  More
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ALTEPLASE (AL te plase) can dissolve blood clots that form in the heart, blood vessels, or lungs after a heart attack. This medicine is also given to improve recove...  More
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TICLOPIDINE (tye KLOE pi deen) helps to prevent blood clots. This medicine is used to prevent strokes in patients who have already had a stroke, or those who are at...  More
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TIROFIBAN blocks platelets from forming blood clots. It is used to prevent complications during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack, or during a procedure to t...  More
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EPTIFIBATIDE (ep TIF i ba tide) prevents your blood from clotting during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack. This medicine may also be used to prevent blood c...  More
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TENECTEPLASE (TEN neck te place) is used to dissolve blood clots that form in certain blood vessels. This medicine is used when a blood clot in a heart artery cause...  More
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DALTEPARIN (dal te PA rin) is used in combination with aspirin to prevent complications caused by unstable angina or heart attack. This medicine may be given to pre...  More
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FENOFIBRATE (fen oh FYE brate) can help lower blood fats and cholesterol for people who are at risk of getting inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) from havi...  More
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NITROGLYCERIN (nye troe GLI ser in) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used ...  More
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WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart.  More
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NITROGLYCERIN (nye troe GLI ser in) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used ...  More
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CAPTOPRIL (KAP toe pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is used to treat heart damage after a heart a...  More
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COLESEVELAM (koh le SEV e lam) is used to lower cholesterol in patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke. This medicine is only for patients whose cholest...  More
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RETEPLASE (RE te plays) is used to dissolve blood clots that form in certain blood vessels. This medicine is used when a blood clot in a heart artery causes a heart...  More
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NITROGLYCERIN (nye troe GLI ser in) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used ...  More
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TIMOLOL (TYE moe lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high blo...  More
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PROPRANOLOL (proe PRAN oh lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat...  More
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RAMIPRIL (ra MI pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to prevent a heart attack, stroke, or other vascular event in people who are at high risk. It is al...  More
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CHOLESTYRAMINE (koe LESS tir a meen) is used to lower cholesterol in patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke. This medicine is only for patients whose c...  More
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METOPROLOL (me TOE proe lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat h...  More
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PRAVASTATIN (PRA va stat in) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Thi...  More
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GEMFIBROZIL (jem FI broe zil) can help lower blood fats and cholesterol for people who are at risk of getting inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) from havin...  More
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COLESTIPOL (koe LES ti pole) is used to lower cholesterol in patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke. This medicine is only for patients whose cholester...  More
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LOVASTATIN; NIACIN (LOE va sta tin; nye a SIN) is used in combination with a healthy diet to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.  More
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ATORVASTATIN (a TORE va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood....  More
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MORPHINE (MOR feen) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain.  More
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HEPARIN (HEP a rin) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. It stops clots from forming or getting bigger...  More
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SIMVASTATIN (SIM va stat in) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Thi...  More
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ROSUVASTATIN (roe SOO va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This drug m...  More
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FLUVASTATIN (FLOO va sta tin) is known as an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. T...  More
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ASPIRIN (AS pir in) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat mild pain and fever. This medicine is also used as directed by a doctor to prevent and to treat heart at...  More
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LISINOPRIL (lyse IN oh pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is also used to protect the heart immedia...  More
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LOVASTATIN (LOE va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. This drug may also red...  More
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Over the Counter Medications for Heart Attack

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NIACIN (NYE a sin) is used in combination with a healthy diet to lower 'bad' cholesterol and increase 'good' cholesterol. This medicine is also ...  More
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ASPIRIN (AS pir in) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat mild pain and fever. This medicine is also used as directed by a doctor to prevent and to treat heart at...  More
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Herbs and Supplements for Heart Attack What's this?

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Numerous controlled trials have examined the effects of oral garlic on serum lipids. Long-term effects on lipids or cardiovascular morbidity and mortality remain un...  More
Efficacy Grade A
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Creatine is naturally synthesized in the human body from amino acids primarily in the kidney and liver and transported in the blood for use by muscles. Approximatel...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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The main function of L-carnitine is to transfer long-chain fatty acids in the form of their acyl-carnitine esters across the inner mitochondrial membrane before bet...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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The main function of L-carnitine is to transfer long-chain fatty acids in the form of their acyl-carnitine esters across the inner mitochondrial membrane before bet...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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L-arginine was first isolated in 1886. In 1932, scientists learned that L-arginine is needed to create urea, a waste product that is necessary for toxic ammonia to ...  More
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Alternative Procedures for Heart Attack What's this?

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Various forms of meditation have been practiced for thousands of years throughout the world, with many techniques originating in Eastern religious practices. In mod...  More
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Relaxation techniques include behavioral therapeutic approaches that differ widely in philosophy, methodology, and practice. The primary goal is usually non-directe...  More
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