Also known as myocardial infarction, heart attacks can occur to just about anyone. However, not all are fatal. Based on various factors, some people come through a myocardial infarction and go on to live a full life. Others may not. So, what exactly causes some people to survive heart attacks over others? Here is some vital information about heart attacks and what influences your chances of survival.

How Many Americans Suffer a Heart Attack Every Year?

About 805,000 people¹ have a heart attack every year in the United States. Of these, 605,000 are a first heart attack, and 200,000 are people who have already suffered one before. Not all myocardial infarctions are noticeable. In fact, one in five is silent. A silent heart attack is where the heart is damaged by irregular blood flow without obvious symptoms.

Chances of survival depend on the severity of the myocardial infarction. According to recent studies, massive heart