Heart Attack Prevention

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Returning home after suffering a heart attack may be a bit scary. But lifestyle adjustments can be made to reduce the chances of another attack. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about these changes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If youve had a heart attack, youre at risk of another. Adopting healthier eating habits can help to heal your heart and protect it from future trouble. It can also help you control your weight and prevent or control diabetes.

To reduce your risk of having another heart attack, your doctor may recommend you do the following:

Quit smoking. Evidence suggests that people with coronary artery disease who stop smoking rapidly reduce their risk of recurrent heart attack or death. And avoid secondhand smoke.

Take an aspirin every day.

Lower your cholesterol by taking medicines such as statins or other lipid-lowering medicines.

Control your blood pressure by losing weight and taking your medication properly.

Keep your blood sugar under control if you have diabetes.

Recognize the things that cause you stress and limit your exposure to them.

Participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program. You will learn how to exercise safely, change habits that put you at risk for another heart attack and deal with stress and emotional issues.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.