The risk of another heart attack

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Submitted by Dr T on October 24, 2013 – 12:23pm

Question: 
I recently read that 60% of heart attack victims will have a 2nd heart attack. Is there a known reason for such a high rate? Also, is there a timeline in which the 2nd attack is likely to occur? Thank you

Hi Ed,

Once you’ve had a heart attack, you’re at higher risk for another one and you’ll need treatment for the existing coronary artery disease (CAD). This will help prevent another heart attack. Your doctor may recommend treatment for he following major risk factors and a heart healthy lifestyle, such as:

The presence of multiple risk factors increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. In the Framingham study, those with five risk factors or more had a 10 year risk of a first CAD event of 25-30%. You can read more here.

Hope this helps,

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