What You Should Know About Heart Attacks

The chances of surviving a heart attack have never been better, thanks in large part to advancements in intervention not only at the hospital, but in the ambulance as well. Still the facts surrounding heart attacks are sobering. According to the American Heart Association:

Heart Attack Populations
  • About 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack this year.
  • Roughly 785,000 people will have a first heart attack.
  • Another 470,000 will have a recurrent heart attack.
  • An additional 195,000 people will have a “silent” heart attack with few, if any symptoms.

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, can often be fatal. Studies show that almost 38% of people who experience a heart attack in any given year will die from it.

While improved interventions, treatments, and therapies improve patient outcomes, getting timely treatment presents one of the greatest challenges today. Getting to the hospital promptly, when a heart attack begins, is critical to survival and to minimize the damage to the heart muscle. And, this is where the AngelMed Guardian system may help.

altYour overall lifestyle — what you eat, how often you exercise and the way you deal with stress — plays a role in your recovery from a heart attack. In addition, a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent a heart attack by controlling the contributing risk factors.