Heart attack recovery

Heart Disease

Risks after a heart attack

Many people live in fear of another heart attack – and with good reason. About 10 per cent of those who have a heart attack will have another one within a year of leaving hospital. This risk drops to about three per cent every year after that.

Proper rehabilitation, which includes making changes to your lifestyle, can reduce these risks and increase your life expectancy. If you’re not offered a formal rehabilitation programme, ask your doctor if there’s one in your local area.

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Heart Health Twitter Quiz: Heart Disease in Women

Heart Disease

True or False: Each year in the US, more women than men die from coronary heart disease.

  • True
  • False

Answer:  True
In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say:

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women of all ages. While the average age at which a woman suffers a heart attack is about 70, each year more than 30,000 women under the age of 55 have heart attacks. The most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain. In every year since 1984, more American men than women have died from coronary heart disease.