1.5 million heart attacks occur in the United States each year. Women are more likely to die suddenly from a heart attack than men. Almost 50% of deaths from heart attack occur within one hour, outside a hospital.
Yes, you can have a heart attack even if you quit smoking many years ago. Not all heart attacks occur in smokers. Smoking increases the risk of a heart attack, though. Within eight to 15 years of quitting smoking, your risk of heart attack is at the same level as that of nonsmokers.