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American Heart Association Statistics On Heart Attacks For 2022


When it comes to one of the leading causes of death in the US, you can expect that researchers and experts in the medical community will be diligent in reporting the latest data and updates. Such is the case for heart attacks, and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently published some statistics for 2022. Around every 40 seconds, someone in the US will experience a heart attack, i.e., acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Out of a total of 805,000 people who suffer one, 605,000 will be having a heart attack for the first time. Approximately 1 in 5 AMIs is “silent” – in the sense that there was damage to the heart, but the person was unaware of the event.

Considering the wealth of information about AMIs, it is surprising that some health care providers do not adhere to the relevant standard of care when providing treatment. There may be a basis for legal action when a physician is negligent in delivering care, and a Miami heart attack malpractice lawyer can advise you on the specifics. You might also benefit from reviewing some additional statistics and facts about malpractice cases.

Additional Data on Heart Attacks

When reporting statistics on AMIs, medical professionals also include information on the underlying causes and risk factors. For instance:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women, as well as across various racial groups.
  • Women are more at risk of fatalities compared to men. Around 26 percent of females will die within a year after an AMI, compared to just 19 percent of males.
  • More than 30.3 million adults in the US have been diagnosed with heart disease.
  • About 12 percent of individuals who suffer an AMI will die from it.
  • Coronary artery disease, a condition that reduces blood flow to the heart, is the most common type of heart disease in the US. This condition leads to almost 361,000 fatalities annually.

Facts About Heart Attack Malpractice Claims

Under Florida law, you may qualify to recover compensation in a med mal case if you can prove that your doctor departed from the applicable standard of care. In other words, you must show that your physician did NOT do what a reasonably careful provider would have done under the circumstances.

It is also useful to be familiar with some of the other Florida laws on heart attack malpractice, including:

  • The statute of limitations on med mal cases is two years from the date of the event giving rise to the claim.
  • This deadline can be extended to a total of four years if the individual did not discover the harm right away.
  • There is no limit on noneconomic damages in Florida, unlike some other states that have a statutory cap.

A Florida Heart Attack Malpractice Attorney Can Help with Legal Remedies

To learn more about your options under Florida medical malpractice laws, please contact Freidin Brown, P.A. We can schedule a no-cost case review at our offices in Miami or Fort Myers, FL. Our team focuses on medical negligence cases, so we are ready to support your needs with a heart attack malpractice claim.


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