These management tools, tips, and apps can help you reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.

1. Know Your Risks of Heart Attack and Stroke

What are your chances of having a heart attack in the next 10 years? Plug your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other health and lifestyle factors into a risk calculator (e.g., Reynolds Risk Score or NIH CVD Risk Calculator) to find out.

If your risk is high, your doctor may review your medications to ensure that they're optimal.

2. Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet

If you want a little extra help in putting together a heart-healthy diet, visit the American Dietetic Association's website for a host of simple, sensible eating tips and answers to common nutrition questions.

To get expert one-on-one nutrition advice, look for a registered dietitian in your area.

3. Stay motivated with our free angina health diary. Log your exercise time, food choices and more to see how your efforts are moving you toward a healthier heart.

4. Connect With Others Who Have Angina

Millions of people are currently living with angina and heart disease. Read their stories and share your own at the American Heart Association's website. (Search for "personal stories.")

5. Quit Smoking for Your Heart's Sake

If you have angina and you're still smoking, work toward quitting. It may not be easy, so get expert help—from information on nicotine replacement therapies to free one-on-one counseling sessions and more.

6. Take Action in an Emergency

People with angina are at higher risk of heart attack and cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart stops beating. An easy-to-follow app, Pocket First Aid & CPR, for the iPhone ($4) and for the Android mobile platform ($3), will help you and your loved ones spring into action in the event of an emergency. What's more, it has the official stamp of approval from the American Heart Association.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 18 Mar 2011

Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014