Published Feb. 20, 2018

Don’t Wait for a Second

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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