“Antiplatelets, dual antiplatelets, statins, ACE inhibitors and the beta-blockers are
important drugs prescribed for almost all STEMI patients,” Dr. S Ramakrishnan says.
“Smokers must be urged to quit smoking to prevent a repeat attack,” he adds.
To reassure STEMI patients who are unable to get back to routine life because of fear of
a repeat event, Dr. Ramakrishnan shows the bright side. “Your chance of having an
attack is only 5% in five years. But your chance of not having an attack is 95%,” he tells
Appointing a dietician or paramedic for oneself is also recommended to initiate lifestyle
modification and prevent a repeat event.