Health Watch - Prevention: Heart Attack

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about a few simple things you can do to help prevent major medical problems — or even death. Once you’ve had a heart attack, if may seem like it’s too late to do anything. But following the recommended post-heart attack exercise program can make a big difference in your health.

Dr. Amit Khera, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says exercise programs can reduce post-heart attack deaths by up to 25 percent. Exercise after a heart attack can also improve physical functioning, patient confidence and overall well being. In spite of these benefits, most patients don’t follow the recommended program of exercise after a heart attack, which leaves them at risk for more heart problems and even death. If you’ve had a heart attack, talk to your doctor about the kind and amount of exercise you should be doing. 

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/heartlungvascular to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in heart, lung and vascular.

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February 2009

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