Features March 2019 Issue

After a Heart Attack, Your Risk of Stroke Is Elevated

Addressing any risk factors can lower the likelihood you will suffer another serious cardiovascular event.

"You will likely need to be started on a light blood thinner, such as aspirin or other antiplatelet medication, and a statin," says Dr. Hussain. "If we find atrial fibrillation, you'll need stronger blood thinners to prevent a stroke. Diabetes and blood pressure should be brought under control with medications, and your diet and exercise regimens examined and discussed to make sure you are on the right track."

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