Myocardial Infarction Essay

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Myocardial Infarction: research paper on MI. Includes history, disease process, signs and symptoms, causes and prevention.

Myocardial Infarction
Michelle Rabon
ECPI Universtiy
MED 201
12/7/11

The hearts primary function is to pump blood through blood vessels to the body’s cells. The heart is really a muscular bag surrounding four hollow compartments, with a thin wall of muscle separating the left hand side from the right hand side. The muscles in the heart are very strong because they have to push the blood to our head and feet continuously. Circulation is the blood flow around our bodies. The heart connects the two major portions of the circulation's
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I could not find any differences between the ways women are tested versus how men are tested. There are varying treatments for myocardial infarctions and again I could not find a difference between how women and men are treated. The treatments include medications, and/or surgery. Some of the medications used to treat myocardial infarctions are aspirin, thrombolytics, superaspirins, other blood thinning medications, pain relievers, nitroglycerin, beta-blockers, and cholesterol lowering medications. The surgeries that your doctor might decide are needed include coronary angioplasty and stenting or coronary bypass surgery (MayoClinic, 2011). If myocardial infarction is caught and treated early then the prognosis is good. Prognosis also depends on the patient’s ability to follow the lifestyle changes that must be made to ensure that another episode does not develop. This lifestyle changes include diet, exercise, if they smoke they need to stop, take all medications, and get regular check-ups (MayoClinic, 2011). Although I do not have any history of myocardial infarctions in my family, I do have in-laws that have had heart attacks and been diagnosed with myocardial infarction. Their doctors have said that the best way to prevent a myocardial infarction is to change your lifestyle. This means you should exercise regularly, eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight,
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