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Heart attack patients risk relapse

Published fredag 4 november 2011 kl 12.12

Every year 37,000 people in Sweden suffer a heart attack. Now doctors warn that surviving patients who aren't monitored closely by the health services risk being struck down by a second attack.

Per Tornvall is a heart specialist at the Karolinska hospital in Stockholm and says, "We need to keep a closer eye on the patients and ensure they take their medicines."

About 12 percent of heart attack patients go on to have a relapse.

The Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation has issued a warning that the patients must decrease their blood pressure to avoid another attack. Cholesterol should also be lowered, which is achieved with a combination of improved diet and exercise and taking medication.

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