BRILINTA is not for use in children

Helpful Tips and Resources

With guidance from your doctor, here are some steps for you to take after your heart attack, whether you’re in the hospital or at home.

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I Am Still In The Hospital

I Am At Home

I Am Still In The Hospital

  1. Fill all your prescriptions, including BRILINTA. Download the Patient Brochure Now
  2. Get your $18* Card
  3. Make follow-up doctor appointments
  4. Join the BRILINTA Patient Support Network
*Subject to eligibility rules; restrictions apply.

I Am At Home

  1. Make healthy lifestyle changes. As with any new activity, be sure to talk to your doctor first
  2. Continue to take your prescriptions as prescribed, including BRILINTA. Download the Patient Brochure Now
  3. Use the $18* Card to save on your BRILINTA refills
  4. Set up automatic mail-order delivery where applicable
  5. Join the BRILINTA Patient Support Network

*Subject to eligibility rules; restrictions apply.

Resources, Tools & Support To Help You After A Heart Attack

Here are some tips, videos, and web resources to help you with the changes you want to make after your heart attack, like “Eating a healthy diet”, once cleared by your doctor, start “Exercising for a healthy lifestyle” and “Managing stress.”

Some of these resources are from independent third parties and are provided solely as a convenience. AstraZeneca takes no responsibility for the content of, or the services provided by, these resources and makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information provided. AstraZeneca shall have no liability for any damages or injuries of any kind arising from the information provided by third parties.

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Add more fruits and vegetables

Eat 4 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day. Vegetable and fruit juices labeled “100%” count as one of those servings.


Opt for vegetable oils

Use liquid vegetable oils such as olive, canola, safflower, or corn oil. Use a limited amount when cooking. Avoid trans fats or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.


Go for whole grains

Whole grain foods are rich in fiber and low in saturated fat. Pick whole wheat or whole rye bread over white bread. And choose brown rice over white rice. Try to only eat whole grain cereals.


Choose skinless chicken, fish, or beans for protein

These protein foods generally have less saturated fat and cholesterol than meats such as beef, lamb, or pork.


A healthy diet is an important part of being, and staying, healthy.

The American Heart Association has more tips on healthy eating.


Healthy Recipes

Find an extensive list of recipes.


American Heart Association Nutrition Center

Find recipes, cooking methods, shopping tips, and tips on eating out.

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Simple Cooking with Heart

A series of recipes and food prep videos for healthy eating.


Exercise up to 30 minutes a day

The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days of the week (or whatever your doctor recommends). That may seem like a lot right now. So work your way up to it. Break up your exercise into shorter sessions until your doctor says you are ready to go for a full 30 minutes.


Find activities that may be right for you

There are many activities and exercises you may be able to do. Walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, and aerobic dancing are just a few.

When doing these activities, you should work up a sweat and breathe heavily. But you shouldn’t get out of breath or feel a burning sensation in your muscles. A daily walk is an easy way to get started. Consider asking a family member or friend to go with you. It will help you stay motivated.

As with any new activity or exercise program, be sure to talk with your doctor first.


Physical activity may improve your quality of life.

Check out what the American Heart Association says about exercising after a heart attack.


Being Active After Your Heart Attack

Find information on physical activity after a heart attack. Always be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.


Exercise Activity After a Heart Attack

Get more information about exercise and activity after a heart attack. Always be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program



Learn about walking and your health. Includes information on what to wear, why you should walk, stretches, and more.


Stay connected to family members and friends

Spend time with them, open up to them, and share things that make you laugh, from cartoons to comedies.


Stay positive

Set some goals for yourself that can help you enjoy a sense of achievement and learn to accept things you can’t change.


Break stress-building habits

Make the move to stop smoking. Cut down your alcohol and caffeine intake.


To Stress or Not to Stress

Want to find ways to manage stress? This site can help.


Heart Attack FAQs

Find FAQs about heart attack.


About Heart Attacks

Questions and answers about what happened.


What Is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Get a detailed explanation of cardiac rehabilitation and its benefits.


Support For Family And Friends

As a caregiver, you play an important role in helping your family member or friend after a heart attack, or severe chest pain caused by the heart not getting enough oxygen.

You can help your family member or friend by:

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Leaving The Hospital

Coming Home

Leaving The Hospital

What You Can Do For Your Family Member Or Friend

It’s common to feel overwhelmed when your family member or friend leaves the hospital. So try to only focus on the steps you can take right now.

Here are a few simple things you can do right now to help:

  • Go to the pharmacy. Get all the medicines your family member or friend will need
  • Get your $18* Card
  • Make recommended follow-up appointments

*Subject to eligibility rules; restrictions apply.

Coming Home

Life After A Heart Attack: How You Can Help At Home

Now that your family member or friend is back home, you can start to figure out what comes next.

Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Make healthy meals for the both of you. Visit heart.org for tips on healthy eating
  • Learn more about your family member or friend’s treatment after a heart attack. The more you understand the more helpful you can be
  • Follow the doctor’s advice about lifestyle changes. Support your family member or friend in eating healthy foods, stopping smoking, and becoming more active. These healthy resources can help
  • Make follow-up appointments. You may need to help your family member or friend get to appointments, at least until he or she feels stronger
  • Set up a medicine routine. Come up with helpful ways your family member or friend can manage his or her medicines

Next Steps

It’s important to help your family member or friend stay on track with healthy changes and medicines.

Here are a few things you can do over time to help:

  • Provide encouragement. It’s important for your family member or friend to stay on track with his or her medicines and lifestyle changes
  • Take care of yourself. Your health matters too. Try to pace yourself. Ask for—and accept—help when you need it. Visit the American Heart Association website for more caregiving tips

Be a steady support. Sticking with the plan isn’t easy. But the risk of another heart attack is still very real. Make sure you’re there to help your family member or friend.



BRILINTA is used to lower your chance of having another heart attack or dying from a heart attack or stroke, but BRILINTA (and similar drugs) can cause bleeding that can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Instances of serious bleeding, such as internal bleeding, may require blood transfusions or surgery. While you take BRILINTA, you may bruise and bleed more easily and be more likely to have nosebleeds. Bleeding will also take longer than usual to stop.

Call your doctor right away if you have any signs or symptoms of bleeding while taking BRILINTA, including: severe, uncontrollable bleeding; pink, red, or brown urine; vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds; red or black stool; or if you cough up blood or blood clots.

Do not stop taking BRILINTA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. People who are treated with a stent, and stop taking BRILINTA too soon, have a higher risk of getting a blood clot in the stent, having a heart attack, or dying. If you stop BRILINTA because of bleeding, or for other reasons, your risk of a heart attack or stroke may increase. Tell all your doctors and dentists that you are taking BRILINTA. To decrease your risk of bleeding, your doctor may instruct you to stop taking BRILINTA 5 days before you have surgery. Your doctor should tell you when to start taking BRILINTA again, as soon as possible after surgery.

Take BRILINTA and aspirin exactly as instructed by your doctor. You should not take a dose of aspirin higher than 100 mg daily because it can affect how well BRILINTA works. Tell your doctor if you take other medicines that contain aspirin. Do not take new medicines that contain aspirin.

Do not take BRILINTA if you have a history of bleeding in the brain, are bleeding now, or are allergic to ticagrelor or any of the ingredients in BRILINTA.

Slow heart rhythm has been reported with BRILINTA.

BRILINTA can cause serious side effects, including bleeding and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you have new or unexpected shortness of breath or any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Your doctor can decide what treatment is needed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. BRILINTA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how BRILINTA works.

Approved Use

BRILINTA is a prescription medicine for people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain that happened because their heart wasn’t getting enough oxygen.

BRILINTA is used with aspirin to lower your chance of having another serious problem with your heart or blood vessels such as heart attack, stroke, or blood clots in your stent if you received one. These can be fatal.

Please read Medication Guide and Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS for BRILINTA.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.