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Other Treatments for Heart Attack

A heart attack can also be treated with:

Oxygen Therapy

More oxygen in the blood helps lower the amount of heart damage. It is given in the emergency room or during the hospital stay.

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehab is a structured program that involves:

  • Education, support, and counseling—A care team teaches people how to quit smoking, eat heart-healthy foods, and cope with life after a heart attack. The support from rehab helps you reach goals within your limits. Taking these steps will also lower the risk of having more heart attacks.
  • Exercise—A safe program is started with the goal of working up to physical fitness routine. You will start slowly, and build up time and distance as you are able.
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Acute coronary syndromes. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116779/Acute-coronary-syndromes. Updated February 22, 2017. Accessed March 26, 2019.

Cardiac rehabilitation. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/cardiac-rehabilitation. Accessed March 26, 2019.

ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115392/ST-elevation-myocardial-infarction-STEMI. Updated January 30, 2017. Accessed March 26, 2019.

What is cardiac rehabilitation? American Heart Association website. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cardiac-rehab/what-is-cardiac-rehabilitation. Accessed March 26, 2019.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC  Last Updated: 3/26/2019