Treatment methods

We give you quick heart attack treatment

Quick help is crucial during a heart attack. Within the first hour, the chances are good that a heart catheter treatment can treat the infarction with almost no consequences for the heart muscle. Since the risk of cardiac arrest from ventricular fibrillation is greatest during the first hour too, heart attack symptoms should be responded to quickly and the rescue service should be alerted.

Conservative treatment methods

Emergency care

The primary goal of emergency care at our heart attack hospitals is to stabilise circulation, alleviate pain and administer life-saving drugs, such as aspirin.

Surgical treatment methods

Heart attack treatment: depending on the type of infarction

Heart attack patients must be promptly transported to a suitable hospital with 24-hour intercardiac catheter readiness. Special intercardiac catheters are inserted into the groin or arm via the arteries here so that the coronary vessels are visible via a digital x-ray system by using a contrast agent. This method can be used to detect high-grade bottlenecks or occlusions of the coronary arteries. Whether and when intercardiac catheter treatment is performed depends on the type of infarction.

In the case of a "big" heart attacks with typical ECG changes that indicate an acute vascular occlusion, the intercardiac catheter treatment should occur as promptly and unconditionally as possible within 90 to a maximum of 120 minutes.

The use of the intercardiac catheter during "small" heart attacks or unstable chest pain depends on the symptoms and possible risk factors. If the symptoms persist, an intercardiac catheter examination should be performed at once. If there is only little risk, the procedure can also be performed within a maximum interval of one to two days.

Using the intercardiac catheter we can also implant stents after the reopening of a vessel. These expand the occluded vessel and keep it open. This normalises the blood flow. In rare cases - for example, in very severe affliction of all three coronary arteries or the left main vessel - a bypass surgery is performed instead of an inter cardiac catheter treatment. The heart specialists decide on the best treatment strategy for each individual case. Our goal is always to avoid permanent damage to the heart muscle or to keep the damage as minor as possible.