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q, CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, June 5 - Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 35 How are cardiac problems tested and treated? This is the last installment of a three-part series on heart attacks and other cardiac-related topics. Because of better care, most heart-attack victims survive today. There are improved tests, drugs and surgery" to defend against heart attack. Tests An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the heart's electrical activ- ity. This test is done because injured heart muscle generates abnormal impulses. If the ECG picks up abnormalities, physicians will know that a patient has had a heart attack or that one may be in progress. If you have a heart attack, there are heart enzymes that leak slow- ly into your blood, so physicians will draw blood to test for. the enzymes. A chest x-ray is done to evalu- ate the size and shape of your heart and its blood vessels. A nuclear scan enables doctors to locate places where blood is not flowing properly to the heart. A radioactive material is inject, ed into your bloodstream. Then you exert yourself. HEALTHY GEEZER cameras detect the radioactive material as it flows through your heart and lungs. An echocardiogram can tell if a part of the heart has been dam- aged by a heart attack. Sound waves are bounced off your heart and converted to images. An angiogram employs dye injected into your arteries. The dye makes the arteries visible to x-rays, which illustrate blockages. A stress test on a treadmill or stationary bike while hooked up to an ECG machine measures how your heart and arteries react when Drugs Drugs that help dissolve clots blocking blood to your heart are lifesavers. These drugs are known as thrombolytics or "clot busters." The earlier you are given a clotbuster, the better. A superaspiri'n is given with a clot buster. The superaspirin pre- .vents new clots from forming. Nitroglycerin'is used to open arteries, improving blood flow to and from your heart. Regular aspirin keeps blood moving through constricted after' ies. Therefore, paramedics may give aspirin when they respond to an emergency to treat a heart- attack victim. Aspirin reduces mortality from heart attacks. Beta blockers, which lower your pulse rate and blood pres- sure, can reduce damage to the heart. Drugs to lower cholesterol may be helpful if given soon after a heart attack begins. If you are in great pain, you may be given morphine. Surgery Angioplasty opens blocked Mehdi now seeing patients at Pain Center of Delaware Dr. Mohammad Mehdi, a specialist in anesthesiology and pain management, has joined the Beebe Medical Center medical staff and is seeing patients at Pain Center of Delaware, 1632 Savannah Road, Lewes.. Mehdi is board certified in anesthesiolo- gy and pain management. He earned his medical degree from King Edward Medical .College at the University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. He did an internship at the Mayo Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, and a resi- dency in internal medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J. He completed his residency in anesthe- siology at New Jersey Medical School in -Newark. Mehdi did fellowships at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and at Tufts University School of Medicine. His office can be reached at 644-2160 to set appointments. MEHDI N 7 DAYS A WEEKEND TO FOR coronary arteries. In this proce-- dure, a catheter is run through an artery to the blockage. The catheter, which is a long thin tube, has a balloon tip that is inflated to open the blockage. In most cases, a mesh tube (stent) is also placed inside the artery to hold it open. Coronary artery bypass surgery is not usually done when a heart attack occurs but it may be recom- mended after recover. During the operation, surgeons take a seg- ment of a healthy blood vessel from another part of the body and make a detour around the blocked part of the coronary artery. Editor's note: Fred Cicetti is a first-class geezer over 60 who writes a health column for senior citizens. Email questions to fred- cicetti @ gmaiL com. Part sandal. Part personal trainer. Sure they're surprisingly stylish, but they also help tone your feet. Fashion meets fitness. www.justcomfortshoes.com 30 off BOTOX" $1_O/unit" packages ors) Laser Hair Removal Laser Vein Treatments, Photofaeia[ Skin Rejuvenation Skin Care call Now - Free Consultations 3K)7.-537-4336 or 888-998-SKIN Bonnie Bumquist M.D., PA. I 118 Atlantic Ave., Ste. 201 Mon-Tue, Thur-Fri 8am-Spin I Ocean View, DE 19970 WedJ2-8pm &Sat9a-.pm lusteastofLord Baltimore Elem. "Expires 6/30/07.