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Beware the Silent Heart Attack

By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology

A silent heart attack is a type of heart attack that has few, if any symptoms. Some people later say that their silent heart attack was mistaken for some other ailment such as the flu, muscle pain etc. Risk factors for a silent heart attack are the same as for a regular heart attack (they are listed below). Having a silent heart attack puts you at greater risk for having another heart attack. The only way you will be able to tell if you have had a silent heart attack is if you have an electrocardiogram or echocardiogram. 

Risk Factors for a Heart Attack

  • Smoking
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Age
  • High cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Lack of exercise
  • Being overweight or obese

If you have any questions about silent heart attacks and how to detect them or think you may be at risk, make an appointment with your primary care physician or cardiologist.

Topics and Subtopics: Heart Health

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