A heart attack (also called an acute myocardial infarction, or AMI) occurs when arteries supplying blood to the heart are blocked. Without blood and oxygen, part of the heart starts to die. Quick treatment can restore blood flow to the heart and save a life.It is important for heart attack patients to receive all the recommended treatments at appropriate times. These recommended treatments are the basis for the national standards. Patients who have had a heart attack should receive certain medications and treatment when they arrive or shortly after they arrive at the hospital. The measures listed below describe standard treatments that should be given to all patients who enter the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack.
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