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Is my risk for another STEMI less if I've had no new issues for three years?
It's been 3 years since my STEMI. I suffered heart muscle damage to the extent of 1/3 of the LV is akinetic. I have not had any more heart attacks since and my EF is 55. Does risk go down for another after 3 years of no issues? I'm on beta blockers and did gain ten lbs since I got on those, but I exercise daily.
submitted by Andrea from Illinois on 7/2/2013
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, George Younis, MD
Congratulations on your recovery. That is a tough question whose answer is hard to generalize, but it's reasonable to say that patients who take their meds, don't smoke, and exercise, can enjoy a decreased risk of future events.
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Updated July 2013