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A heart disease diagnosis is not the end of the story.

If you have been diagnosed with heart disease—specifically, if you have had been told that you have blockages in the arteries of your heart, or if you have had a heart attack, angioplasty, stenting, or bypass surgery on the heart—then you a part of a growing number of Olmsted County residents with similar conditions.

Fifty years ago, many people did not survive heart attacks and didn’t have many of the treatment options available to us today. Early detection of heart problems and improved treatments have helped to dramatically reduce death rates from heart disease. Our goal is to help everyone with heart disease receive the lifesaving care that is available to them.

Here are the key steps to surviving and thriving with heart disease:

  • avoid all tobacco use and exposure
  • exercise regularly
  • follow healthy nutrition habits
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • take all prescribed preventive medications as directed
  • participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs to help coordinate and improve the impact of your short- and long-term preventive services
  • have regular check-ups with your healthcare provider