Heart Attack Recovery and Medications You May Consider

Graham Wong, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, discusses Heart Attacks

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Graham Wong, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, discusses Heart Attacks
Dr. Graham Wong

Dr. Graham Wong

MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, Regional Medical Lead, Acute Cardiac Care
Vancouver, BC
Video transcript

Featuring Dr. Graham Wong, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC

Duration: 1 minute, 19 seconds

So a myocardial infarction, otherwise known as a heart attack, is what we call an acute manifestation of the chronic disease called athroscrotic heart disease. What a heart attack refers to is death of heart muscle that’s caused by a cessation of blood flow to the heart muscle caused by a blockage.

The mainstay of therapy are blood-thinning drugs, and the most common blood-thinning drug we use is Aspirin. Other blood-thinning drugs that are sometimes chosen in addition to Aspirin, depending on various other conditions that influence whether or not you use more drugs, include a drug called Clopidogrel or Plavix.

And there are some newer drugs that have promise above and beyond Clopidogrel; these drugs are named Effient or the generic name is prasugrel, or Brilinta, otherwise known as ticagrelor.

Every individual has a unique set of medical conditions and a unique biology to them, and so medication choices for a particular individual may not be the same or appropriate for another individual. Therefore, if you have any medication related issues, you should consult your own medical care provider.