Nearly half of all heart attacks are ‘silent’

You’ve just finished a long day on the links and are finally sitting down to relax.

You may feel tired – but it’s probably just because you haven’t been sleeping well. And that twinge of pain? Oh, it’s just a muscle strain and probably nothing to worry about… right?

OR… you could be having a heart attack!

The fact of the matter is, those chest-clutching, fall-to-the-floor heart attacks usually only happen on television. In real life, a heart attack can be much harder to spot. In fact, most of the symptoms can be mistaken for something else.

As I’ve shared with you before, heart attack victims are getting younger – and now, it looks like heart attacks are getting quieter!

In fact, a new study shows that nearly half of all heart attacks are considered “silent.” This means that 45 per cent of the time, the signs and symptoms aren’t noticed at the time of the attack (or, they’re dismissed).

But just because you couldn’t feel the heart attack doesn’t mean it will leave behind any less damage. In fact, having a silent heart attack TRIPLES your risk of dying from heart disease. And although it may seem unrelated, your chances of dying from ANY OTHER ILLNESS go up by more than a third.

And that’s probably because you can’t make any changes to prevent another heart attack from occurring if you don’t even know the damage has been done… or if you wait to get help.

The truth is that “silent” heart attacks aren’t completely invisible. Their symptoms – like sweating, muscle pain, fatigue, or indigestion – aren’t so much “missed” as they are “brushed off.”

Many times, the patient did feel something. Upon reflection, they might say it just felt like a pulled muscle in their chest.

Fortunately, knowing is half the battle. Pay close attention to yourself and your loved ones – and
if any of these symptoms seem to appear without warning, get checked out immediately. A doctor can give you an electrocardiogram (ECG), which is really the only way to know for sure if you’ve recently suffered a heart attack.

If you’ve got a clean record of heart health with no disease or heart attacks to speak of, that’s good news – but you’re not off the hook. Be sure to do what you can to stop the attack before it happens. That may mean quitting smoking, changing your diet, shedding unwanted pounds, and staying active.

And don’t forget your supplements like fish oil and magnesium, which can do wonders for your heart health. And for men, a testosterone supplement could also help reduce risk.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Almost half of all heart attacks are ‘silent’, cnn.com/2016/05/16/health/silent-heart-attack/

Race, sex differences in silent heart attacks, news.heart.org/race-sex-differences-in-silent-heart-attacks/

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