9 Keys to Surviving—and Thriving—After a Heart Attack
Take charge of your life to prevent another cardiac event.
A major study found that 96 percent of heart-attack risk in women can be attributed to 9 modifiable risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, waist-to-hip ratio, diet, physical activity level, alcohol use, psychosocial factors and plasma apolipoproteins (a type of fat in the blood). Almost half of women have three or more of these risk factors before their heart attack. If you have had a heart attack, you should be motivated to make some changes that could prevent another event. We list 9 things you can do to help you survive—and thrive—after your heart attack.