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Recovering From a Heart Attack

There are millions of people who have survived a heart attack, and many experience a full recovery and are able to lead full and productive lives.
 
During recovery, your goals are to:
 
  • Recover and resume normal activities as much as possible
  • Prevent another heart attack
  • Prevent complications, such as heart failure or cardiac arrest.
     
After a heart attack, you will need to see your doctor regularly for checkups and tests to see how your heart is doing. Your doctor will most likely recommend:
 

Prevention

Preventing heart attacks requires a healthy lifestyle and possibly treatment for conditions that increase the risk for heart attack. If you have had one in the past, you can make a plan with your doctor to work toward preventing another in the future.
 

Other Names for a Heart Attack

The following terms may also be used to refer to a heart attack:
 
  • Myocardial infarction, or MI
  • Acute myocardial infarction, or AMI
  • Acute MI
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Coronary thrombosis
  • Coronary occlusion.
     
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