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How to prevent recurrence of a cardiac event: “secondary” prevention

The aim of prevention is to act on modifiable cardiovascular risk factors.

The first rule is to take the medication that has been prescribed and to never stop it without medical advice.

Other than taking your medication, certain lifestyle changes will have a very important impact.

The main measures to take are:

- Calculate your cardiovascular risk
- See Practical HEALTH advice pamphlets

In the event of the recurrence

Proper management of your disease greatly decreases the risk of recurrence of either stable angina or an acute coronary syndrome (unstable angina or a heart attack). However, there can be a recurrence: 1 person out of 7 has a new cardiovascular event in the year following a heart attack
In case of a recurrence of chest pain, you should : 

If the frequency or the severity of the chest pain increase, if you are finding it difficult to carry out daily activities, or if you are unusually short of breath, see your doctor (general practitioner or cardiologist) as soon as possible.

Last modification on 24/09/2010