Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Prevention
You can help prevent
a heart attack by taking steps that slow or prevent coronary artery disease-the main risk factor for a heart attack.
Make lifestyle changes
Control cholesterol and blood pressure
To reduce your risk of a heart attack, you will need to
control your cholesterol and
manage your blood pressure. Quitting smoking, changing
the way you eat, and getting more exercise can help. But if these things don't
work, you may also need to take medicines. To learn more about taking medicines, see:
- High Cholesterol: Should I Take Statins?
- High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine?
For more information, see the topics:
Take aspirin to prevent a heart attack
aspirin might lower your chances of having a heart attack. Talk with your doctor before taking aspirin every day. To see if aspirin is right for you, you and your doctor will balance the benefits and the risks of taking a daily aspirin.
information, see the topic Low-Dose Aspirin Therapy.
- Aspirin: Should I Take Daily Aspirin to Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke?
Learn about issues for women
Women have unique risk factors for heart disease, including birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. These things can raise a woman's risk for a heart attack or stroke.
See the topic Women and Coronary Artery Disease for more information on risk, symptoms, and prevention of heart disease.