Harvard Heart Letter

The wake-up-call heart attack

Four lessons we can learn from nonfatal cardiac events.

In the spring of 2005, driven by mere curiosity, Mike, a friend of the Heart Letter, calculated his 10-year risk for a heart attack using one of the tools available back then. The result: 5%. That put him in the low-risk category. Three weeks later, having just turned 49, Mike had a heart attack.

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