American Heart Month

American Heart MonthEach year thousands of people die of heart disease in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The month of February is American Heart Month. During this month organizations such as the American Heart Association, The Heart Foundation, Million Hearts and others join together to teach people ways to prevent heart disease and to encourage them to live a heart healthy life.

Heart Disease Facts

  • Cardiovascular diseases were the most common cause of death in the world, claiming about 17.3 million lives. (American Heart Association)
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. (CDC)
  • In the U.S., more than 1 in 3 adults (92.1 million adults) have cardiovascular diseases, accounting for 807,775 deaths. (American Heart Association)
  • About 790,000 people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year. Of those, about 114,000 will die. (American Heart Association)
  • Coronary Heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually. (CDC)

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Having a heart attack can be very frightening and it is important to know the warning signs because in situations like this, every second counts. According to the American Heart Association, heart attack warning signs include:

  • Chest Discomfort
  • Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body
  •  Shortness of Breath
  • Other Signs – May include breaking out in a cold seat, nausea or lightheadedness Heart attack symptoms may vary for each victim. Visit Heart Attack Warning Signs to learn more.

Heart Healthy Tips

There are many things that you can do to help keep your heart healthy and to help prevent heart disease. Things such as scheduling regular check-ups with your doctor, exercising, eating healthy, watching your weight and not smoking are ways to help keep your heart healthy. To learn more, visit What You Can Do to Prevent Heart Disease by the American Heart Association.

Heart Disease Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis

Heart disease and heart attacks are life threatening and must be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. If a doctor fails to recognize the warning signs of heart disease or a patient is misdiagnosed of their heart attack symptoms and later falls victim to a heart attack, stroke or death, it is important to know your rights. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz are here to help you. We have provided experienced medical malpractice representation to clients in Southwest Florida for over 50 years. In Florida, there is a 2 year statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim, so in order to protect your rights and possibly recover damages, call today and schedule your free consultation.