Recognizing American Heart Month And The Importance Of Heart Health And Education

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(NAPSI)—February is a time often filled with gifts from the heart, from Valentines Day chocolates to notes from loved ones. However, February is also American Heart Month, the perfect time of the year to inform loved ones about the prevalence of heart disease and the importance of heart health and education. Take the time this month to learn about the risks of heart disease, such as severe chest pain or a heart attack, as well as lifestyle changes and treatment options that may help.

The American Heart Association estimates that every year more than 1 million Americans are hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), which includes a recent heart attack or severe chest pain that happened because the heart was not getting enough oxygen.1 In addition, up to one in three patients could have a recurrent heart attack or die within one year of their first cardiovascular event.1


It is estimated that up to 1 in 3 patients could have a recurrent heart attack or die within one year of their first cardiovascular event.1

Some tips for helping to reduce the risk of another heart attack include:3

Change what you eat

Increase your physical


Stop smoking

Manage stress

Take an antiplatelet

medication such as

BRILINTA (ticagrelor)

tablets and aspirin

BRILINTA is not appropriate for everyone. Talk with your doctor to determine if BRILINTA is right for you.


The goal in treating ACS is to improve blood flow to the heart muscle and ultimately reduce the risk of another heart attack, said Alex Gold, M.D., Executive Director of Clinical Development, BRILINTA (ticagrelor) tablets, AstraZeneca. Along with these goals, BRILINTA is an important treatment option for ACS patients.

BRILINTA is a prescription medicine for people who have had a recent heart attack or severe chest pain that happened because their heart wasnt getting enough oxygen and who are being treated with medicines or procedures to open blocked arteries in the heart.2

BRILINTA is used with aspirin to lower your chance of having another serious problem with your heart or blood vessels such as heart attack, stroke or blood clots in your stent if you received one. These can be fatal.2

If you or someone close to you has been hospitalized due to a recent heart attack or severe chest pain, talk to a doctor about whether an antiplatelet therapy such as BRILINTA may be right to decrease the possibility of a future heart attack.


BRILINTA is used to lower your chance of having another heart attack or dying from a heart attack or stroke, but BRILINTA (and similar drugs) can cause bleeding that can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Instances of serious bleeding, such as internal bleeding, may require blood transfusions or surgery. While you take BRILINTA, you may bruise and bleed more easily and be more likely to have nosebleeds. Bleeding will also take longer than usual to stop.

Call your doctor right away if you have any signs or symptoms of bleeding while taking BRILINTA, including: severe, uncontrollable bleeding; pink, red, or brown urine; vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds; red or black stool; or if you cough up blood or blood clots.

Do not stop taking BRILINTA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. People who are treated with a stent, and stop taking BRILINTA too soon, have a higher risk of getting a blood clot in the stent, having a heart attack, or dying. If you stop BRILINTA because of bleeding, or for other reasons, your risk of a heart attack or stroke may increase. Tell all your doctors and dentists that you are taking BRILINTA. To decrease your risk of bleeding, your doctor may instruct you to stop taking BRILINTA 5 days before you have elective surgery. Your doctor should tell you when to start taking BRILINTA again, as soon as possible after surgery.

Take BRILINTA and aspirin exactly as instructed by your doctor. You should not take a dose of aspirin higher than 100 mg daily because it can affect how well BRILINTA works. Tell your doctor if you take other medicines that contain aspirin. Do not take new medicines that contain aspirin.

Do not take BRILINTA if you are bleeding now, especially from your stomach or intestine (ulcer), have a history of bleeding in the brain, or have severe liver problems.

BRILINTA can cause serious side effects, including bleeding and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you have new or unexpected shortness of breath or any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Your doctor can decide what treatment is needed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. BRILINTA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how BRILINTA works.

Click to read Medication Guide and the full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warnings. The Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information can also be found at

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

BRILINTA is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies.

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Note to Editors: Data in the article is from the following sources:

1. Roger VL et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2012 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association. Circulation Published online ahead of print Dec 15, 2011: e12-e230.

2. BRILINTA Prescribing Information, AstraZeneca LP.

3. Life after an attack CDC Nov 2009 Last accessed Jan 23, 2012.

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