If you're a heart attack survivor, this story should make you feel very good about your health. That is, if you've followed doctor's orders.
A study of nearly 2,000 heart attack patients shows those patients who followed through with cardiac rehab after a heart attack lived as long as their peers who never had a heart attack, but the Mayo Clinic study says nearly half the patients who died within three years of getting out of the hospital were blamed on not participating in cardiac rehab.
Cardiac rehab includes exercise, medication adjustments, and counseling on weight and stress management. And for some reason, the study notes that women and the elderly were most likely to ignore the recommended rehab.