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Heart Attack Prevention

2005 White Paper
Heart Attack Prevention

Focuses on lifesaving strategies for preventing a first heart attack, with up-to-date information on both established and newly discovered risk factors for heart attack; screening tests that can detect a problem before a heart attack occurs; lifestyle measures and medications that can dramatically lower your risk.

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Should you be tested for C-reactive protein to gauge your heart attack risk?

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Table of Contents

Who Gets Heart Attacks?

The Importance of Primary Prevention

What Is A Heart Attack?

Causes of Heart Attack

Risk Factors for Heart Attack
• Risk Factors That Cannot Be Changed
• Risk Factors That Can Be Changed

Screening Tests for Coronary Heart Disease
• Lipid Profile
• C-reactive Protein (CRP)
• PLAC Test
• Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
• Exercise Stress Test
• Further Evaluation (Nuclear Imaging, Echocardiography, Electron-Beam Computed Tomography, and Multidetector Computed Tomography)

Lifestyle Measures To Prevent Heart Attack
• Cigarette Smoking
• Dietary Fat and Cholesterol
• Dietary Fiber
• Soy Products
• Antioxidants
• Sodium and Potassium
• Physical Activity
• Weight Control
• Alcohol
• Stress Reduction

Medications To Prevent Heart Attack
• Lipid-Lowering Medications
• Medications To Lower Blood Pressure
• Aspirin Therapy for Primary Prevention
• Hormone Replacement Therapy and CHD



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