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A heart attack, or an acute myocardial infarction, can profoundly reduce your quality of life. During a heart attack, part of your heart muscle becomes damaged and dies. That is why the treatment of heart attacks focuses on preserving your heart’s function, and avoiding another heart attack in the future.
Find a Doctor at Dignity Health and have a conversation about your heart health to prevent the need for heart attack treatment in the Bay Area.
Prompt action can save your life during a heart attack. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of a heart attack, don’t wait to see if the symptoms go away — call 9-1-1 and seek immediate medical attention.
Emergency treatments for heart attack include:
If your doctor tells you that you are having a heart attack, you may need to immediately consider one of the following treatment options:
Your doctor may suggest some follow-up treatments, including:
During a heart attack, it may be necessary for you to make a quick decision regarding treatment. After the emergency passes, your Dignity Health doctor will guide you in considering follow-up treatments to improve your heart health.
Your specific treatment recommendations will take into account your overall health, the severity of your heart disease, the extent of the damage to your heart, and your personal preferences.
Nearly all heart attacks can be prevented. Take action to reduce your risk:
Concerned about your heart? Take our free heart risk assessment and discuss your results with a Dignity Health doctor in the Bay Area.
Dignity Health provides expert care, from prevention and chronic disease management to heart attack treatment, in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.