After one heart attack, your risk of a second heart attack increases. Learn from these heart attack survivors and doctors about the medications available to help prevent a second heart attack.
New Speaker: Has your doctor gone over with you the types of medications you're taking and the importance of these medications?
New Speaker: I'm sure you're on a beta blocker.
Dr. Williams: Okay, and probably an ACE inhibitor medication.
Dr. Williams: Mm-hmm, now these are two medications that are blood pressure medications. However, in the instance of a patient who's had a heart attack, their role is not necessarily to control blood pressure.
Mariana: Right. I get that. They do other things.
Dr. Williams: Mm-hmm.
Mike: The meds, it hasn't been overly intrusive. It's really one or two additional medications.
Dr. Jones: One of the big things when people have heart attacks is actually, it's not just a plaque buildup, but it's a blood clot and so being on an anti-platelet agent is really important because the platelets get sticky and stick together. In addition, you didn't get them, but if people have stents placed in the arteries with a heart attack, they are then on two anti-platelet agents for at least six months and even a year in order to keep the stent from forming clots also.
Dr. Jones: Did you know your cholesterol was high?
Rina: I did.
Dr. Jones: So that was probably-
Rina: Not horribly high and my ratio was good.
Dr. Jones: Yeah. This is a lifelong process for you, as you see.
Dr. Jones: I'm going to assume, I shouldn't assume, but let me assume you are on something to lower your cholesterol.
Dr. Jones: A statin.
Dr. Jones: One of the statin medicines.
Dr. Jones: Do you know your cholesterol numbers?
Rina: I don't.
Dr. Jones: Okay, you should. We should know just to know.
Rina: Well they're low thanks to taking the statin.
Dr. Jones: Good.
Dr. Williams: I'm certain one of those medications is aspirin.
Mariana: Yes. Yes, baby aspirin.
Dr. Williams: Okay.
Dr. Williams: So baby aspirin is essential in patients who have had heart attacks to continue.
Dr. Williams: What it does is prevent clotting inside the arteries of the heart.
Mariana: Which is what the blood thinners do too, right?
Dr. Williams: That is correct. There's other types of blood thinning medications. Works in a similar manner on similar cells within the blood as aspirin, but a different mechanism, but the two of them together work in conjunction to reduce your risk of having a second heart attack.
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