According to a new study by Dr. Henry Ting of the Mayo Clinic, heart attack sufferers are not receiving the treatment they need and they are dying because of it. Unfortunately, the problem is not the lack of care provided, but the time people wait to call for it.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Each year 1.25 million people suffer heart attacks and ¼ of those people die from them. How long do most people wait to call 911 or get help with their symptoms? Studies show that they wait more than 2 and ½ hours – 11% actually waited more than 12 hours to seek help.
Here lies the problem. About ½ of those that die from heart attacks die within 1 hour. This bears repeating. About ½ of all of those that die from heart attacks die within 1 hour of the onset of the symptoms.
So what does this mean? It is no secret that denial plays a huge role in the death of many, but these numbers drive home that point. This information must be remembered and shared. Our friends and family are dying before they call for help. Half of them are dying outside the hospital. Please share these statistics with your friends. More importantly, remember them when your loved ones are not feeling right. Call 911 or take them to the hospital. Don’t let them talk you out of it. Also, taking a CPR class will help you prepare for the worst should it happen at home.
Please spread the word and help us save more lives!