This Year You Need to Pay Full Attention to Your Heart's Health
Every year since 1964, the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month and urging citizens to recognize this nationwide problem.
Why is there an American Heart Month?Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke, and related ailments, is the leading cause of death in the United States and globally. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are the most significant risk factors, and about half of the U.S. population have at least one of them. Consequently, 1 in four deaths is caused by cardiovascular diseases; on average, in the U.S. there is a heart attack every 42 seconds and a heart disease-related event every minute.
How can heart disease be prevented?You can live a longer, healthier life and prevent heart disease by not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, refraining from too much salt or alcohol, and exercising regularly. Go to regular medical checkups and take medication as it was prescribed for you.
What can you do if you suffered a heart-related malpractice incident?Despite steps in prevention and medication, you can still suffer from heart disease, and, once you do, you are at risk for a heart-related medical malpractice incident. Your diagnosis can be delayed, or you could be misdiagnosed (heart disease onset or heart attacks are notoriously tricky; it can look like anything from dizzy spells to stomach cramps, and your medical attendant must correctly diagnose you to give you a better chance at immediate remedy and survival).
A surgical error could also injure you during an intervention, or you could simply be given the wrong dose of medication. There are countless minor or major ways in which a medical error could aggravate your condition, and you should be aware of your right to compensation if that ever happens.