Can Heart Attacks Be Prevented?

Heart disease is the single biggest killer in the United States. Over 1 million people die every year as the result of heart disease, with approximately 430,000 deaths due to heart attacks. That comes out to 1 in every 6 deaths each year in America resulting from a heart attack. Estimates hold that approximately 80 million Americans suffer from some form of heart disease – nearly 1 in every 3 people in this country, or around half of all adults. These are truly sobering numbers.

The worst part of these numbers, though, is just how preventable heart disease is. A healthy diet and moderate, regular exercise can go a long way to preventing heart attacks and extending your life expectancy. Worst of all are the deaths caused by heart attacks which the victims did not see coming. Contrary to what many people imagine – that sometimes heart attacks are just a freak occurrence – virtually every heart episode can be predicted thanks to modern science and careful examination. If you’ve been the victim of a heart attack that your doctor did not diagnose, you may have a case for medical malpractice.

Heart Health Tips

The most tragic death is the preventable one. With that in mind, these tips may be able to help you live a long, heart-healthy life:

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet. This means limit your total fat intake to less than 30% of your daily calories, and your saturated fat intake to under 10% of your daily calories. Try to avoid excessive (over 2400 milligrams per day) sodium consumption.
  • Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise to strengthen the condition of your heart. Good exercise choices include running, jogging, swimming, biking, and aerobics.
  • Schedule regular appointments with your doctor to discuss your heart health. Although this is most beneficial to men and women over the age of 40, virtually all adults can benefit from knowing the health of their heart. It can also be a good idea to get a second opinion from another doctor, just in case – it’s never a good idea to gamble where your health is concerned.

If you’ve suffered from heart disease that your doctor has failed to diagnose, they may have committed medical malpractice, and you could be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about medical malpractice and heart disease, visit the Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., today.