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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    If someone suffers a heart attack are they more likely to have another in the future?

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    A/Prof John Amerena

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr John Amerena trained in Melbourne, followed by four years in the United States at the University of Michigan. Over that period of time he … View Profile

    Yes. If a person has had one heart attack, they are more likely to have another one. We are particularly focused on advising heart attack patients on the importance of lowering their cholesterol, lowering their blood pressure, treating their diabetes, and stopping smoking. We know that these secondary preventative strategies reduce the risk of having another heart attack, so we want to do all we can once we have identified a patient is at increased risk.

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