The emotional journey of life after a heart attack can be as impactful and sometimes more difficult than healing physically.
A heart attack can happen again in any one of the arteries of your heart.
See the facts, take control.
According to the British Heart Foundation, 1.4 million people alive in the UK today have survived a heart attack. This is around 1 million men and 380,000 women.1
Every 5 minutes someone is admitted to a UK hospital due to a heart attack.2
In the UK, at least 7 out of 10 people survive a heart attack.3
Only 50% of people attend a Cardiac Rehabilitation programme after a heart attack in England, 61% in Wales and 49% in Northern Ireland.4
Behind every statistic, there is a story of heart attack survivorship.
The more we know about the risks of having another heart attack,
the better we can come together as a community and learn from each individual experience.
If someone you know or love has had a heart attack, download and share the educational support materials below.
Take these resources with you to your next doctor or healthcare professional appointment.
Share this website on social media. Use the hashtag #MyHeartAttackUK when you share your own stories so we can come together as a community and learn from each individual experience.
After a heart attack, attending cardiac rehabilitation is important for overall health benefits.
There are benefits to attending a cardiac rehabilitation programme
with the overall objective of returning to work and other daily activities.
Cardiac rehabilitation consists of:
Eating well and adopting a heart healthy diet
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly
Reducing stress and lowering the chances of having a future cardiac event
Reducing chest pain and controlling risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol
1. British Heart Foundation - BHF analysis of national health survey prevalence data and ONS population estimates: https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/our-research/heart-statistics (Accessed: August 2020)
2. UK hospital statistics, 2018-19; NHS Digital/ISD Scotland/NHS Wales/DH Northern Ireland: https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/our-research/heart-statistics (Accessed: August 2020)
3. Smolina, K and Wright, L. et al (2012). ‘Determinants of the decline in mortality from acute myocardial infarction in England between 2002 and 2010: linked national database’. British Medical Journal, 2013; 347. Available online at: https://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.d8059 (Accessed: August 2020)
4. National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR): National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation Quality and Outcomes Report 2019: (Accessed: August 2020)