Lowering your risk factors for coronary heart disease can help you prevent a heart attack. Even if you already have coronary
heart disease, you still can take steps to lower your risk for a heart attack. These steps involve following a heart-healthy lifestyle and getting ongoing medical care.
Managing your risks for a heart attack begins with:
A heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent a heart attack and includes:
Treating conditions that make a heart attack more likely also can help lower your risk for a heart attack. These conditions may include:
Make sure that you have an emergency action plan in case you or someone in your family has a heart attack. This is very important if you're at high risk for, or have already had, a heart attack.
Write down a list of medicines you are taking, medicines you are allergic to, your health care provider's phone numbers (both during and after office hours), and contact information for a friend or relative. Keep the list in a handy place to share in a medical emergency.
Talk with your doctor about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, when you should call 9-1-1, and steps you can take while waiting for medical help to arrive.
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Scott & White Health.