Heart Attack Prevention From a Doctor's Perspective

Medical Author: Dennis Lee, MD
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD

Heart attacks are the major cause of sudden unexpected death among otherwise healthy adults in the prime of their lives. Heart attacks are also a significant cause of heart failure (due to weakening of the heart muscle) in the United States. Heart failure considerably decreases a person's longevity and quality of life. In dollar terms, coronary heart disease (coronary artery disease) is costly. The total cost of coronary artery bypass surgery , coronary angioplasty and stenting, medications, and hospitalizations exceeds 50 billion dollars annually.

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