How to prevent a heart attack: Text patients on healthy habits

Health systems have gotten very good at treating heart attacks, but they struggle to connect with patients after they return home to recover.

Doctors dump a lot of information onto patients in a few days,” says Clara Chow, leader of the study, who is director of the cardiovascular division at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney. “Texts allow us to give support in bite-size chunks.

Repeat heart attacks make up for more than a quarter of all heart attacks in the U.S.. A recent study suggests text messages from care providers and adopting healthy lifestyle habits could potentially reduce the risk for a second heart attack. Read more about the research here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-prevent-a-heart-attack-text-patients-on-healthy-habits-1466992860


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