Published Feb. 20, 2018

Don’t Wait for a Second


About one in five patients 45 and older will have another heart attack within five years of their first. Here are five steps to lower your risk:

Take your prescriptions

More than a third of medication-related hospital readmissions are caused by people not following their treatment plans.

Follow up with your doctor

Heart attack survivors who have timely follow-ups are more likely to avoid being hospitalized again.

Complete a cardiac rehabilitation program

One study found patients who completed rehab were 42 percent less likely to die within an average of 8 years.

Manage risk factors

Use lifestyle changes and medicine to reduce these risks: physical inactivity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and obesity.

Get support

It’s normal to feel scared, overwhelmed or confused after a heart attack. So, connect with other survivors and caregivers to help cope.

Source: American Heart Association