How Much Does a Heart Attack Cost?
You feel your chest tighten. You struggle to breathe for a few minutes before calling an ambulance. You're rushed to the emergency room, where a doctor informs you that you've suffered a heart attack. After a battery of tests and tons of medication, you're sent to a hospital bed to recover. Finally, you begin to wonder: How much is this going to cost me?
As it turns out, quite a bit.
The National Business Group on Health found that the average cost of a major heart attack is roughly $1 million. For a less severe heart attack, the price tag drops to $760,000.
Direct and indirect expenses related to a heart attack include hospital stays, exams, surgery, prescriptions, follow-up visits, time away from work, decreased productivity and more.
Assuming you have it, health insurance will pay the lion's share of the costs, but paying even a small percentage of $1 million will put a dent in your pocketbook.
Keep this in mind the next time you complain about the cost of healthy food. In the long run, a clean diet and plenty of exercise will likely turn out to be a worthwhile investment.