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Heart Attack

Let's Talk About Heart Attack

We've got all the doctor-approved details on how to prevent, recognize, and treat a heart attack.

    Our Pro PanelHeart Attack

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in heart attack to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Michael Goyfman M.D., MPH

    Michael Goyfman M.D., MPHDirector of Clinical Cardiology

    Long Island Jewish Forest Hills
    Queens, NY
    Guy Mintz, M.D.

    Guy Mintz, M.D.Director of Cardiovascular Health & Lipidology

    Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital
    Manhasset, NY
    David Friedman, M.D.

    David Friedman, M.D.Director of Heart Failure Services

    Northwell Health’s LIJ Valley Stream
    Long Island, NY

    Frequently Asked QuestionsHeart Attack

    Does the heart fully heal after a heart attack?

    When your heart gets starved of oxygen during a heart attack, cells begin to die. Once this happens, they can’t be regenerated. The bigger the heart attack and the longer the wait before treatment begins determines the extent of any permanent damage you might have.

    Will my life return to normal after a heart attack?

    You will have to redefine what normal means to you. Caring for your heart often means making significant lifestyle changes, which will likely include a more nutritious diet and regular exercise. It may not be the life you’ve been accustomed to—but’s it’s life! You’re still here. And that’s what counts.

    How can I handle the emotional burden of recovery from a heart attack?

    As many as one in three heart attack survivors develop depression. Anxiety is also common. Both can make recovery more difficult, so be sure to discuss your feelings with your doctor. Treatment for psychological issues can help improve how well you manage your heart health treatment plan.

    What can I do to avoid a heart attack in the first place?

    First, know your risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Then, evaluate your lifestyle. Do you get plenty of exercise and eat well? That’s good! Do you smoke? Not so good. Your heart health depends on the choices you make throughout your life, so begin taking care of your ticker as early as possible, while knowing your heart will benefit no matter when you start.

    Matt McMillen

    Matt McMillen

    Matt McMillen has been a freelance health reporter since 2002. In that time he’s covered everything from acupuncture to the Zika virus.