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Heart Attack Treatment Information
After a heart attack, called myocardial infarction, the clot should be quickly cleared away using balloon angioplasty. A small incision is made in the groin. Our physician then guides a deflated balloon through the arteries to the blocked area. The balloon is then inflated, allowing blood flow to return to the heart muscle.
Our physicians offer comprehensive heart attack care from treatment through recovery, including:
- LifeLine emergency services. Our specially trained LifeLine crews are placed throughout the state of Indiana. We provide both ground and air transport so you get the help you need fast.
- Balloon angioplasty. Balloon angioplasty reopens the artery to allow blood flow to the heart by inflating a small balloon inside the artery to widen the walls. The balloon is inserted through an incision in the groin then guided to the blockage by your physician using X-rays to watch the progression.
- Stent placement. Stent placement uses the same techniques as balloon angioplasty, except instead of inflating a balloon a mesh wire tube is placed in the artery to keep it open.
- Coronary artery bypass surgery. For severe blockages, a new vein or artery is grafted into the heart to allow blood to be diverted around the blockage.
- Cardiac rehabilitation. After a heart attack, cardiac rehabilitation improves your recovery and gets you back on your feet.
- Medication therapies. Following a heart attack, you are placed on new medications to prevent future heart attacks and improve heart health.
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Heart Attack Support Services
Learn more about your risk for a heart attack at the resources below:
A Sampling of Heart Attack Support Services
American Heart Association
This website provides in-depth information on heart attacks, signs of a heart attack and how to lower your risk of a heart attack.
National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute
This website offers information on the risk factors, signs and treatments of heart attack.
Heart Attack Patient Stories
Lynn Bridgewater's Story
In July 2013, 44-year-old Lynn Bridgewater and her family moved from Greenwood, Ind., to St. Marys, Ga., making good on Lynn’s life-long dream of living in Coastal Georgia. The move meant leaving…View Full Story
Sue Chlebek's Story
Sue Chlebek actually died from a heart attack. But that's where her remarkable story just begins. Hear Sue tell her story and learn how unmatched heart expertise (along with running a red light) saved…View Full Story