Most people today survive a heart attack

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Forty years ago, nearly 40% of heart attack victims who made it to the hospital never left, dying there from the attack or its complications. Today, that number is well below 10%. Younger victims fare even. Some people now go home as early as the next day.

Heart attack advances

  • Better awareness of heart attack warning signs
  • Most people today get to the hospital faster.
  • Use of clot removing angioplasty and stenting or a clot dissolving drugs, which can stop a heart attack before it can damage the heart muscle. This must be used within three hours.
  • Advances in drug therapy, especially anti platelet drugs and use of beta blockers and ACE inhibitor in heart failure.
  • Early ambulation helps prevent the formation of potentially deadly blood clots.