Watch Out For the Silent Heart Attack

Feb 27, 2015

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    Silent Heart Attack

    Heart attacks are more often accompanied by traditional symptoms like chest pain, discomfort, cold sweats and extreme weakness. But, do you know of cases in which people died of absolutely no symptoms at all? In such cases, what took precious lives was a silent heart attack which may or may not show any symptoms. Silent heart attacks are more common amongst women and diabetics. Here is a list of the things you should be aware of about silent heart attacks. Image Courtesy:


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    It is the most common symptom of silent heart attack especially in women. The flow of blood to the heart gets reduced when a person suffers a heart attack exerting stress on the heart muscles thereby causing feeling of exhaustion. It is advisable to check your heart’s activity via an electrocardiogram when you feel excessively fatigued. Image courtesy: Getty

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    Discomfort in the Throat, Neck or Jaw

    If you experience unexplained discomfort in your neck, jaw or a single tooth or you feel tightness in your throat, it could be an indication of a heart attack. When you notice any of these signs, visit your doctor immediately. Image courtesy: Getty


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    An Upset Stomach

    Should you be worried when you have stomach problems ? Well, in case you did not know that heart attack symptoms can sometimes feel like stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting, or overall gastrointestinal unease you should not be worried. Contact your doctor if you are feeling uneasy with an upset stomach accompanied by discomfort in the neck or jaw. Image courtesy: Getty

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    Experiencing heartburn here and then after a heavy lunch is common and there is no need to worry about it. But, if you experience an unusual heartburn, it could indicate a heart attack. During a heart attack, the pain in the chest begins to feel like heartburn which occurs due to reduced flow to the heart. Image courtesy: Getty

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    Shortness of Breath and Soreness

    If normal activities like walking up the stairs or carrying bags causes shortness of breath, you should get it checked with a doctor. Another thing you need to watch out for is breathlessness right after you wake up. Image Courtesy:

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    Soreness in the Back, Arms, or Chest

    You may not like to believe this but feeling unexplained pain or soreness in the back, chest, or arms is often an indication of a heart attack. Don't ignore such symptoms and contact your doctor right away. Image Courtesy:

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    Preventing Silent Heart Attack

    You can prevent silent heart attack by learning about the many risk factors and checking your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You should exercise regularly and most importantly, avoid smoking. Image courtesy: Getty