Surviving a heart attack can be both terrifying and isolating. The road to recovery is long and often painful as sufferers make sweeping lifestyle and dietary changes designed to help them come out of the experience heart-strong. But heart attack survivors are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control, 735,000 Americans have heart attacks every year. Of these, over 525,000 are first heart attacks. Doctors and dieticians agree that the best way to prevent a second heart attack is to change diet, exercise, and other habits.