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A heart attack is a medical emergency and needs to be diagnosed and treated immediately to increase the chance of a patient surviving. When a patient presents with a heart attack, an ambulance should be called and critical care services alerted as soon as possible.
On admission to hospital, the treatment approach to heart attack depends on several factors. An outline of the steps taken to manage heart attack is given below:
If the symptoms began more than 12 hours previously, an angiogram will be performed to determine the best treatment course which may include a combination of medication and PCI or coronary bypass surgery.