If you feel like you're having a heart attack at home, it's very important for you to call 911 ASAP. Because we say time is tissue. The quicker you get help and the quicker that artery is opened up, the more likely you are to recover 100% from this incidence. So as you call 911, it's important to take an aspirin, a baby aspirin, if there's one available. You take a chewable aspirin by the time the EMS gets there. If you present to the emergency room with chest pain and there's several tests that are done ASAP to determine whether or not you're having a heart attack. The first of these tests is in electrocardiogram or EKG. An EKG is the first line that helps the emergency room doctor determine whether or not you're having something acute that requires intervention right away or whether we can wait and continue with medical management. The next test that is done are blood test called troponins. A troponin is this enzyme that's leaked by the heart when the heart is in distress. And when you have a heart attack, your levels of troponins rise. They may not rise initially, it takes several hours to rise. But once you come to the emergency room, it's one of the tests that's done ASAP. If the, if they do determine that you are having an acute heart attack, you are quickly taken to the cath lab for Cardiac Cath where that blockage is opened up acutely to allow reperfusion to the tissue. The quicker the tissue receives the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the less likely it is to, to completely die.
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