Medical Treatment for Chest Pain
You have known about things that you have to do at home when you suffer from chest pain. However, do you know the medical treatment you should receive for your chest pain?
In our previous article, we had written about home treatment for chest pain. Inside this article, we provide you with information about medical treatment for chest pain. Even if you do not have a medicine background, you should know this matter in general in order to gain a better understanding about chest pain.
Medical Treatment for Heart Attack
What will medical professionals do to treat your chest pain?
Your blocked or narrowed arteries will be opened by a blood clot to increase blood flow in case you have a heart attack.
Here are things that are involved in treating your heart attack:
- Aspirin, clot-busting (thrombolytic) drugs and heparin can be used to increase your blood flow.
- Other medications or drugs might be used to make your heart rate slower. When you have a lower heart rate, the workload of your heart will decrease as well as your chest pain.
- One way to unblock an artery is angioplasty. A catheter (a very thin plastic pipe) will be inserted into your artery. A small balloon located at the end of the catheter is inflated. This action would expand your artery and provide a wider opening for blood circulation. The tiny balloon is deflated and then removed.
- Occasionally, a stent (a small metal scaffold) is put into your artery to keep it extended.
- You may have a cardiac bypass surgery if medical treatment fails.
Medical Treatment for Angina
What kind of medical treatment do you need if you suffer from angina?
First of all, you have to know what angina is. Angina is a pain in your chest which originates due to insufficient oxygen supply to the heart muscles.
Here are the medical treatments for angina:
- Nitroglycerin is often used as a treatment for angina. The coronary arteries will be widened by nitroglycerin.
- Usually nitroglycerin is put under the tongue (sublingually).
- People who suffer with known angina can be treated with 3 doses of nitroglycerin, five minutes apart.
- Nitroglycerin will be given intravenously if the pain remains. Then, the angina patient is admitted to the hospital and examined to prevent a heart attack.
- Reducing risk factors for heart disease and atherosclerosis is the main focus of long-term treatment after angina’s first phase.
In the next article, we will continue the information about medical treatment for chest pain, especially for patients with suspected aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, or spontaneous pneumothorax.
You should consult with your doctor and other health care professionals to get a better knowledge and information about medical treatment for chest pain.
Kindly bear in mind, this article is not solely intended as the only source of information about medical treatment for chest pain.