heart attack

About 86% of people survive their first heart attack.
Immediate treatment usually involves opening the clogged artery to restore blood flow.
Many people will go be back to normal within a week but sometimes it can take months to recover.
This article was reviewed by John Osborne, MD, PhD, and the Director of Cardiology for Dallas-based State of the Heart Cardiology.
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Most people — about 86% — will survive their first heart attack. While going through this health challenge is often jarring, it can also be a wake-up call that leads to better health overall.

Here’s what medical experts recommend doing after you’ve had a heart attack, including what to expect and how to recover.

What happens after a heart attack

First, you’ll get a thorough physical exam. Having a heart attack usually indicates there is an underlying health concern, says Bruce Andrus, MD, a cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Most people will discover they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes — all of which are associated with an increased risk for heart attacks. It’s likely that one or more of these factors caused plaque buildup in the arteries, restricting blood flow to the heart and leading to the heart attack.

Immediate treatment will focus on opening the artery and restoring blood flow to the heart, says Nicole Weinberg, MD, a cardiologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Depending on the size and location of the blockage, this may be done with clot-busting medications called thrombolytics or through the placement of a stent, a tiny tube that props the arteries open to restore blood flow and prevent or minimize heart damage.

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