About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about preventing another heart attack that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 172.

All of the treatment and care that NICE recommends is in line with the NHS Constitution (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england). NICE has also produced advice on improving the experience of care for adults using the NHS. For more information see 'About care in the NHS' on our website (www.nice.org.uk/nhscare).

This is an update of advice that NICE published in 2007.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are 18 or over and have had a heart attack. This includes people who have not yet been discharged from hospital and people whose heart attack happened more than a year ago.

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