Myocardial Infarction Diagnosis (01:30)
Approximately 13.5 million Americans suffer from coronary artery disease. Jim, 55-years-old, experienced chest pain and was admitted to the hospital. An EKG and blood work determined he had a heart attack.
Heart Attack Definition (02:29)
View a representation of how interruption in blood flow to the heart causes damage. Learn definitions for arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, and angina.
Heart Attack Treatment (01:52)
Jim receives pain medication, anticoagulants, vasodilators, and antiarrythmic medications. After he's stabilized, a thallium stress test evaluates his cardiac status. He feels depressed about his new condition.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (03:11)
Learning to live with heart disease involves education, exercise, counseling, and leading a healthier lifestyle. Learn about early, physical therapy, late recovery, and maintenance rehabilitation phases.
Lowering Heart Attack Risk Factors (02:15)
Patient education is important for cardiac rehabilitation. Controllable lifestyle factors include smoking, weight, high blood pressure, stress, and diabetes. Jim was able to live a normal life after his heart attack.
Credits: Living Through the Heart Attack (00:52)
Credits: Living Through the Heart Attack
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