Dr. Graham Wong, VGH,Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC attended medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of British Columbia, then completed his fellowship training in cardiology at McGill University.Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC pursued a two-year research fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital with the TIMI Group, with a focus on clinical trials of acute coronary syndromes and completed his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC is also board certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC is currently the Clinical Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UBC.
Dr. Graham Wong, VGH,Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC is the Medical Co-Director of the Regional STEMI Planning Committee for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority on Acute Coronary Care. Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC is also involved in medical education and sits on the Postgraduate Committee for the UBC Cardiology training program and is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC current research interests include risk stratification for acute coronary syndromes and appropriate use of cardiac CT angiography.
Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC MD MPH FRCPC FACC
Director, Coronary Care Unit
Vancouver General Hospital
Regional Medical Lead, Acute Cardiac Care
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority/Providence Health Care
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Heart Attack Recovery and Medications You May Consider
So a myocardial infarction, otherwise known as a heart attack, is what we call an acute manifestation of the chronic disease called athroscrotic heart disease. What a heart attack refers to is death of heart muscle that’s caused by a cessation of blood flow to the heart muscle caused by a blockage.
The mainstay of therapy are blood-thinning drugs, and the most common blood-thinning drug we use is Aspirin. Other blood-thinning drugs that are sometimes chosen in addition to Aspirin, depending on various other conditions that influence whether or not you use more drugs, include a drug called Clopidogrel or Plavix.
And there are some newer drugs that have promise above and beyond Clopidogrel; these drugs are named Effient or the generic name is prasugrel, or Brilinta, otherwise known as ticagrelor.
Every individual has a unique set of medical conditions and a unique biology to them, and so medication choices for a particular individual may not be the same or appropriate for another individual. Therefore, if you have any medication related issues, you should consult your own medical care provider.