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Why Should We Ignore the Heart Attack Survival Statistics?

The survival rate statistics of heart attack we read always scare us to death but there is a reason why we should actually ignore them.

Author:Karan Emery
Reviewer:Daniel James
Jan 20, 2021
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Looking at the cardiac survival numbers, it's easy to see why so many recent survivors are suffering from depression. Overall, it's scarier for women compared to men. But as a heart attack survivor, the long-range of statistics will not scare you to death anymore!
The usual initial reaction upon reading the survival statistics will make you focus on putting your affairs in order and appear that your days are numbered. But another statistic could change your "doomed" mindset.

Post Heart Attack Survival: Scary Statistics

According to a heart survivor, she didn't realize that she had a heart attack and that it took five days before she made it into the Emergency Room. "​If however, unlike me, you reach the ER soon after the onset of your heart attack, your chances of surviving it are around ​​90%."
Even so, according to the AHA (American Heart Assn.), 1 out of 4 men and 1 out of 3 women who survive their first heart attack will die within the following year. Within 5 to 6 years, 18% of the males and 35% of the females will experience a second, usually fatal, heart attack.

​Rethinking The Statistics

So what statistic can give renewed hope, even though your ER arrival was far from timely? This one, from a New York Times article: "Two-thirds of patients who have suffered a heart attack, however, do not take the necessary steps to prevent another."
This means that the depressing statistics above lumped all initial survivors together, those who made no lifestyle changes right along with those who did, and the ones who did little or nothing were the majority.
If you think a stent (or some other cardiac procedure) and a few drugs will do the trick, think again. For starters, post-heart attack care should involve a number of elements and, to quote an article concerning a large UK study, "neglecting just one of these steps severely decreases a survivor’s chance of continued, well, survival."
The bottom line here is that there's a lot you can do to better your odds, so ignore those disheartening statistics, keep reading, and focus on improving your heart's health day-by-day!
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Karan Emery

Karan Emery

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Karan Emery, an accomplished researcher and leader in health sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, brings over two decades of experience to the table. Holding a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Stanford University, Karan's credentials underscore her authority in the field. With a track record of groundbreaking research and numerous peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals, Karan's expertise is widely recognized in the scientific community. Her writing style is characterized by its clarity and meticulous attention to detail, making complex scientific concepts accessible to a broad audience. Apart from her professional endeavors, Karan enjoys cooking, learning about different cultures and languages, watching documentaries, and visiting historical landmarks. Committed to advancing knowledge and improving health outcomes, Karan Emery continues to make significant contributions to the fields of health, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.
Daniel James

Daniel James

Reviewer
Daniel James is a distinguished gerontologist, author, and professional coach known for his expertise in health and aging. With degrees from Georgia Tech and UCLA, including a diploma in gerontology from the University of Boston, Daniel brings over 15 years of experience to his work. His credentials also include a Professional Coaching Certification, enhancing his credibility in personal development and well-being. In his free time, Daniel is an avid runner and tennis player, passionate about fitness, wellness, and staying active. His commitment to improving lives through health education and coaching reflects his passion and dedication in both professional and personal endeavors.
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