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Tips & 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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Fill all your prescriptions, including BRILINTA.

Get your $18* Card

Make follow-up doctor appointments.

*Subject to eligibility rules; restrictions apply.

Make healthy lifestyle changes. As with any new activity, be sure to talk to your doctor first.

Continue to take your prescriptions as prescribed.

Use the $18* Card to save on your BRILINTA refills.

Set up automatic mail-order delivery where applicable.

*Subject to eligibility rules; restrictions apply.

Here are some tips, videos, web resources, and mobile applications 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”.
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Add morefruits 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.

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Opt forvegetable 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.

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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.

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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.

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A healthy diet isan important part ofbeing, and staying, healthy. The American Heart Association has more tips on healthy eating.

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Simple Cooking With Heart

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

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Menu Minefields

5 tips for eating healthier in restaurants.

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Healthy Recipes

Find an extensive list of recipes.

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American Heart Association Nutrition Center

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

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Exercise up to 30 minutes a day

The American Heart Association recommends up to 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.

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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.

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Physical activity mayimprove your qualityof life.Check out what the American Heart Association says about exercising after a heart attack.

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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.

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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.

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Walking

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

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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.

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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.

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Breakstress-building habits

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

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Get a goodnight’s sleep

Most of us need 6 to 8 hours of sleep. If stress or depression are keeping you up, talk with your doctor.

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Volunteer and lend a hand when you feel up to it

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Giving your time to others can be a morale booster. Not only for them, but for you too.

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Healthy habits canprotect you fromthe harmful effectsof stress.Learn more about managing stress after a heart attack on the American Heart Association website.

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Plan your days

Block out time for daily exercise (ifyour doctor has cleared you to do so).Tackle tasks so you can get things done at a comfortable pace. After your procedure, build in time to relax or take a nap. Plan and shop ahead for meals. That way, you can make healthy choices at the grocery store.

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Dealing With Stress

Learn these 4 stress reduction tips.

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Emergency Stress Stoppers

Find 5 tips for lowering your stress.

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To Stress or Not to Stress Want to find ways to manage stress? This site can help.

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Heart Attack FAQs

Find FAQs about heart attack.

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About Heart Attacks

Questions and answers about what happened.

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What Is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Get a detailed explanation of cardiac rehabilitation and its benefits.

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Medisafe

Get medication reminders and track your medication use with this FREE mobile app. Available on your mobile device at iTunes and Google Play.

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