Silent Heart Attack Symptoms

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A myocardial infarction is the medical name for a heart attack. Something no one wants to experience. Unfortunately many do.

In general, a heart attack is recognized by severe chest pain and numbness, or pain that extends upward through the neck and to the jaw. Lack of oxygen and blood supply by blocked arteries is usually the main cause of a heart attack.

Silent heart attack symptoms can be quite different in that they are generally mild and go unnoticed. This can be dangerous as it also goes undiagnosed under the circumstances. Mild discomfort may be present feeling like pressure in the middle of the chest. Shortness of breath may be another sign, usually diminishing once rested. More silent heart attack symptoms may include restless sleep, or tiring easily, prolonged abdominal pain and sometimes heartburn, dizziness, nausea and cold sweats; conditions all of which should be taken notice of and reported to your doctor even though chest pain might not be a factor in your silent heart attack symptoms.

High cholesterol, which is a very common condition, is a major factor for heart attacks. Stress and high blood pressure are two others. Obesity can also contribute to a heart attack, as well as smoking. Whether normal, or a silent attack, the coughing fit you have when dragging on that cigarette could easily cause pressure on your heart, and without your knowledge evoke silent heart attack symptoms. Other risk factors for silent heart attacks include diabetes and any other form of heart disease.

If a weak or damaged heart is detected once blood tests and ECG tests are completed, medication might be prescribed such as aspirin or beta-blockers. Beta-blockers are a prescription drug used to suppress stimulatory impulses, slowing the heart rate and reducing blood pressure, consequently reducing the pressure on the heart. Used for conventional heart attacks, they can also help with silent heart attack symptoms, which do not necessarily project chest pain. Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can contribute to warding off a heart attack, silent or otherwise.

Silent heart attack symptoms include decreased blood supply to the heart muscle, and are described as “the death of a heart muscle”. Damage to the coronary arteries nerve supply may suppress chest pain in the case of either a regular heart attack or a silent heart attack. Studies show that silent heart attack symptoms and incidents appear more in women than in men. If you think any of the symptoms you experience could be related to a silent heart attack you should consult your physician as soon as possible. Silent heart attack symptoms are not easily noticed and are the cause of many unexplained deaths. Burning under the rib cage isn’t necessarily ‘heart burn’, and unexplained shortness of breath could be a heart attack.

Prevention is always better than cure and the way to prevent a heart attack, silent or otherwise is to try to take care of your health. Eliminate unnecessary stress, which sounds impossible, however, it can be done. Develop a healthy diet and eliminate fatty foods. Walk the dog round the block once a day, or if you don’t have a dog, walk yourself around the block once a day. It is never too early, but could easily be too late, so start with the defensive measure today.

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