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Back on Track After Heart Attack

Surviving a heart attack is one of the biggest wake-up calls a person can experience. For survivors, adopting and maintaining a healthier lifestyle is vital to recovering and avoiding a second cardiac event.

The first steps toward living a healthier life after a heart attack are the same principles that can prevent such an event in the first place. Regular exercise and a balanced diet are essential to helping individuals recover from a cardiac event. Aside from these basic steps,
however, other measures may be necessary for recovering patients.

“One special consideration that must be made for heart attack patients is medication use,” explains Leena Sharan, M.D., F.A.C.C., board-certified internal medicine physician and cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “Adherence to a strict medication program and regular follow-up visits with a physician are necessary for long-term recovery.”

At Texas Health Plano, support services provide recovering heart attack patients with the means to lead healthier lives. From participating in smoking cessation classes to receiving nutrition counseling, residents across the region can effectively learn how to promote their heart health and reduce the risk of additional cardiac concerns.

To learn more about cardiac services available at Texas Health Plano or for a referral to a cardiologist on the medical staff, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

Fall/Winter 2011

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