Heart attack is one of the most lethal killers in nature today. Millions are affected by heart attack. Treatment has come a long way in the past decade. Treatment for cardiac arrest varies from lifestyle changes to stents and bypass surgery. Many types of tests are run before a treatment mode is prescribed for a patient.
Tests for determination of severity:
ECG: Electrocardiogram is one of the most widely used tests to measure heart activity. Two electrodes are attached to the skin through which electrical impulses are propagated. The impulses are recorded as waves on a monitor or is printed on paper. Injured heart muscles cannot conduct electricity properly and this test makes use of that property to check if a heart attack is in progress.
Blood tests: Certain proteins from the heart leak into blood stream after an attack. Doctors take samples of your blood to test for these enzymes.
Additionally Chest X-Rays, Angiogram, CT Scan, Exercise-Stress tests are also run to precisely find the problem and prescribe the right medication.
Medication given for cardiac arrest are as follows:
Paracetamol: The emergency personnel will first give a paracetamol to the person who suffered the attack. This prevents blood from clotting in the narrowed artery.
Antiplatelet agents: Doctors may give the person drugs known as platelet aggregation inhibitors. These prevent formation of new clots and enlargement of older clots.
Other blood thinning medication includes heparin which is injected under the skin to make the blood less viscous.
Thrombolytics: These called clotbusters dissolve an existing clot that’s blocking blood flow to the heart. This reduces the heart damage after suffering from a heart attack.
Statins: These drugs control blood cholesterol.
Nitroglycerin: This helps in the dilation of blood vessels and improves the blood flow thereby reducing chest pain.
Beta blockers: These muscles relax your heart muscles, slow your heartbeat, decrease blood pressure and limits damage to heart muscles. It is efficient at preventing future heart attacks.
ACE inhibitors: Lowers blood pressure and reducing strain of the heart.