DAVID R. HOLMES, Jr., MD: The medications that are the standby medications that now become part of the patient's life indefinitely would be continued use of aspirin, number one; would be one of the group of medications called statins, which lower cholesterol, and they have other effects, and they should be on that. We oftentimes prescribe a beta blocker, which makes the heart a little bit more efficient. And then what's called an ACE inhibitor, which lowers the blood pressure, but it also stabilizes the blood vessel wall.
ANNOUNCER: Most people can resume their normal activities in a short period of time.
DAVID R. HOLMES, Jr., MD: We know that with the treatments that we currently provide for patients, they're getting back to work much sooner. In the past, it used to be with a myocardial infarction, a heart attack, patients would be put to bed rest for a long time, weeks. Now we get them up, moving. We have them be involved with physical therapy and exercise training very early on. So within a matter of a few weeks, many patients can return to not physical labor, but to doing other tasks that might be work-related.
Our goals are to improve the patient's function and to return them to a fully satisfactory life. We're not going to make them younger. Whatever age they are, they are. But we can improve the quality of their life, and hopefully the quantity of their life.