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Prevention

You can take steps to help prevent a heart attack or strengthen your heart after having one.

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Lose weight if you need to
  • Be physically active—talk with your health team about the best program for you
  • Don't smoke
  • Limit alcohol
  • Ask about cardiac rehabilitation
  • Keep other conditions that make a heart attack more likely in check (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poorly controlled diabetes)
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Keep up with medical appointments and pay attention to your body and how you feel. Talk to your doctor about any issues or concerns with your medications.

  • Last Edited 08/31/2015