There are different types of myocardial infarctions, commonly known as heart attacks. We will examine two of those types here: ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI).

An ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a serious form of heart attack in which a coronary artery is completely blocked and a large part of the heart muscle is unable to receive blood. 

A non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) is a less serious form of heart attack. Most of these coronary artery blockages are partial or temporary.


Treatment for STEMI
This type of heart attack requires immediate, emergency revascularization to restore blood flow. Doctors will use medication or perform angioplasty – a procedure using thin, flexible tubes called catheters to open the closed artery. A stent may be inserted to permanently open the cleared artery allowing blood to flow through.

Treatments for NSTEMI
A NSTEMI heart attack is first treated with medication. After further testing, if a blockage is found, your medical team will decide whether you should continue to be treated with medication only or if you need angioplasty or another type of cardiac surgery.
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Symptoms and Screenings for STEMI/NSTEMI

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Causes and Preventions for STEMI/NSTEMI

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Education and Resources for STEMI/NSTEMI

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Support groups for STEMI/NSTEMI

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