Warning Signs That You Might Be Having A Silent Heart Attack

A silent heart attack, as the name implies, occurs when the symptoms are less severe than those of a typical heart attack. Because of how subtle these symptoms are, they are sometimes mistaken for everyday discomfort or other less significant issues. Without prompt medical intervention, the likelihood of suffering a second, potentially more serious heart attack rapidly rises. Knowing the warning signals of a silent heart attack is the best defence against its threat. Here are a few signs of silent heart attacks so you can be on the lookout for them.

Chest Pain And Discomfort: This may be the most typical heart attack warning sign. It is not, however, nearly as dramatic as movies portray it to be. It starts in the middle of the chest, lasts for a few minutes, and might come and go. There may also be an uneasy pressure or sense of satiety. A silent heart attack may feel like indigestion or heartburn.

Difficulty Breathing: Shortness of breath means the heart is not doing its job properly. Keep an eye out if the usual tasks are leaving you breathless.

Discomfort in Rest of the Body: A constant feeling of soreness in the chest or upper back, or discomfort in any other area of the body like the shoulders and stomach can also be a warning sign of a silent heart attack.

Added Signs: Other typical warning signals include cold sweats, nausea, vomiting, and/or light-headedness. It's best to be cautious than sorry even if they could feel like other, less severe medical problems like the flu.

If you believe you are experiencing a silent heart attack, get emergency medical assistance right.

Dr. Sunil Sofat
Department of Interventional Cardiology & Electrophysiology/RF Ablation & Cardiac Pacing
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