- by Manipal Hospitals
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- Feb 09 2017
Beware of the Silent Killer – Heart Attack
Heart attack is a condition in which the artery in the heart supplying heart muscle becomes completely blocked. Due to this blockage, the heart muscle starts to die because of lack of oxygen. When this occurs, the muscles which are downstream to the artery blockage will completely die within 12 hours. This is the main reason why we need to do something as quickly as possible when a patient comes in with a heart attack.
There was a time when the treatment for this condition i.e. reopening the artery, was by giving a blood thinner Fibrinolytic Agent. The disadvantage of this particular treatment was that it used to increase the risk of bleeding quite significantly in patients.
Nowadays, the condition can be treated with an emergency angioplasty in which the patient is transferred quickly to the angioplasty lab. In the angioplasty lab, the doctors perform an emergency ballooning to reopen the artery and reestablish the flow.
Angioplasty is safe and best treatment for heart attacks, but if performed late such as in 8, 10 or 12 hours, the less heart muscles can be saved. Hence it is very important to perform the treatment as quickly as possible to save more of heart muscles.
Sometimes, it becomes impossible to reach on time for the treatment and thus resulting in severe damage to the Heart Muscle. Thus one should be aware of risk factors which can cause heart attack or other heart related diseases along with having regular heart checkup to maintain the health of the heart.
We, at Manipal Hospital, provide the best check-up options in our CARDIO PACKAGES. Plan a heart check-up today and avoid heart attack and other cardiac diseases.
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