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After a heart event, these simple, yet essential, steps will help you in the first few weeks after getting your new stent. In addition, taking Effient® (prasugrel) as prescribed can help lessen your risk of a future heart-related event, such as a heart attack.

1. Care for your incision.

You may have been given some instructions on how to care for your incision. Be sure to follow these carefully so your body heals properly. If you’ve forgotten these instructions, or if you have any questions, there’s no harm in calling the doctor to ask.

2. Fill your Effient prescription immediately.

It’s important to take Effient as your doctor prescribes. Effient taken with aspirin can help maintain your stent by keeping the platelets in your blood from sticking together and forming blood clots inside of it, and inside the arteries of your heart.

Effient is for patients who have had a heart attack or severe heart-related chest pain treated with angioplasty and a stent. Effient taken with aspirin helps reduce your risk of a future heart attack, stroke or death. Because Effient reduces the ability of your blood to clot, it can also cause bleeding, which in some cases can be serious, and sometimes lead to death. Bleeding is not the only side effect of Effient.

To be sure you don’t run out of medicine, you may want to ask your doctor if a 3-month prescription for Effient is right for you. And try to fill it as soon as possible. Having your medicine on hand makes it easier to remember to take it.

3. Prepare for your follow-up appointment.

If you haven't already, be sure that you, or someone helping you, make your first follow-up appointment with your cardiologist or primary care physician. Prior to the appointment, write down any questions you have.

4. Ask for help.

It's a good idea to have one or two people help you recuperate and stay on top of things. They could be members of your family, neighbors or friends. You'll appreciate having someone you can rely on to help around the house and do errands, especially during the first few days. Also, if you think you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack, don't wait. Call EMS (Emergency Medical Services) or the equivalent 9-1-1 service in your area.

5. Contact all of your doctors.

Inform all of your physicians that you had a procedure and are now taking Effient so that they can help you with your medicines.

6. Learn more about your condition.

Now is a good time to find out more about your condition, your treatment and your medicines, including Effient. A good source of information is your doctor. This site also contains a lot of important information, such as some potential side effects of Effient, including the risk of bleeding.

It can also be helpful to connect with other people in your situation. Mended Hearts is an excellent program affiliated with the American Heart Association. It provides a way for people who had a heart event/heart attack to share their experiences and concerns. Visit www.MendedHearts.org for more information.