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Tags: heart attack | cardiac rehabilitation | depression

Preventing a Second Heart Attack

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 12:05 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Films are notoriously unrealistic about how heart attacks play out. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that in 12 movie scenes involving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, 67% of the characters survived.

In real life, however, fewer than 10% do. (That number goes up to around 29% when EMT or passersby administer life-saving techniques).

As for second heart attacks, movies almost completely ignore them.

Unfortunately, lots of people don't dodge second heart attacks. About 20% who had a first heart attack will be readmitted to the hospital for a second one within five years.

Here are five smart steps to slash your risk of recurrence:

1. Do cardiac rehab (usually three times weekly for three months). It reduces the risk of a second attack in the first two years by 47%. But fewer than 20% of folks who've had a first heart attack enroll in a cardiac rehab program. Be smart and go.

2. Take medicines as prescribed. A daily aspirin, for example, cuts your recurrence risk by 31%, and if you do have a second heart attack, the meds reduce the severity. Our motto: Take prescribed medications as if your life depended on it — because it does.

3. Opt for a plant-based diet with fish and skinless poultry as side dishes.

4. Get support from a therapist, a support group, friends, and family to protect yourself from post-heart-attack PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

5. Contact your doctor right away if any symptoms, even minor or passing, return.

© King Features Syndicate

   
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