The rockers halted their European tour after Parfitt was hospitalised in Croatia with heart problems. He underwent surgery back in his native U.K. to fix a complication with a graft that was inserted during his quadruple heart bypass in 1997.
Despite the operation in the 1990s and a subsequent heart attack in 2011, Parfitt continued drinking heavily and smoking, but he is convinced the latest scare is a wake-up call and has not touched alcohol or cigarettes since.
The 65-year-old rocker tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "That part of my life is over as I do not want to die, I want to live... I've had 50 years of smoking and drinking and abusing my body... There comes a time when you have to look at yourself and think, 'Right, that's it, it's now time for a change'. All my life I've defied the doctor's orders, thinking that I'm made of steel... But as stupid as this may sound, I'm pleased I've had this heart attack because I couldn't see a way out of my bad habits."
Parfitt already notices a difference, adding, "When I wake up in the morning I want to get up and get the day going and I can't tell you how much better I feel... I realise now for the first time in my life that if I carry on (drinking and smoking) I will die."
The rocker was due to return to the stage with his bandmates at a gig in Norfolk, England on Saturday (23Aug14).