What is a Silent Heart Attack

A silent heart attack can be more dangerous than a normal one; it is also known as myocardial infarction. The condition occurs when the blood flow to the heart is obstructed.

When the heart stops receiving the amount of blood that it needs a shortage of oxygen occurs as well. If oxygen is not quickly supplied the tissue will start dying. Heart attacks are a major cause of death and several other disabilities. Not all of the attacks are fatal; most of them can be treated appropriately as long as people are aware of them.

The main problem occurs when a silent heart attack strikes.

Normally an attack is accompanied by chest pain, pain in the arms and sometimes pain in the jaw.

The pain near the jaw is often mistaken by a toothache and the one in the chest is usually confused by heartburn or indigestion. The discomfort in the arm is also confused by a pulled muscle. The silent type is even worst because no symptom is associated with it. This is extremely dangerous as the tissue in the heart can suffer irreversible damage if the person does not take care of the problem soon. There is still one way that can help you tell if you are experiencing a silent heart attack.

Breathing is key to know if you are suffering an attack. Even if the attack is not showing the normal pain it still impacts your body. The lack of blood in the heart will create a shortness of breath and your body will signal you if something inside is potentially dangerous.

This type of myocardial infarction is more frequent on people that have suffered previous heart attacks, people over 65 years old and diabetics.

It has been reported that women are more prone to experience sudden death as a result of heart problems. People with a long history of heart disease are very vulnerable to the silent attacks too. This situation arises because the nerves near the organ are damaged and the person will not be able to feel the pain.

There are measures that you can take in order to prevent being a victim of a myocardial infarction.

If you like drinking alcohol and smoking you better stop it immediately especially if you belong to a high risk group like diabetics, people that are overweight or had previous attacks. Start eating healthy and in the moment you think something might be wrong with your heart go to your doctor asap.


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