Can I prevent another heart attack?
After having a heart attack, you are at risk of having another one. It is important to know the risk factors and what changes you could make.
You have an important role to play in your heart health. The choices you make today can lower your risk of having another heart attack.
Changes you can make to lower your risk
There are a number of factors that are known to increase your risk of coronary artery disease. Some risk factors you can’t do anything about include age, ethnicity, gender, personal or family history of heart attack or stroke.
Other risk factors are within your power to change such as:
- High cholesterol
- High blood sugar (diabetes)
- High blood pressure
- Being overweight
- Physical inactivity
- Poor nutrition
- Poor mental health and wellbeing
Making changes to your risk factors can slow or stop the damage to your arteries and lower your risk of having another heart attack.
- Quit smoking
- Take your medications as prescribed
- Make heart healthy eating and drinking choices
- Move more
- If you are overweight, lose weight
Attending a cardiac rehabilitation programme can help you and your loved ones gain confidence as you work together to improve your heart health.
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