Not every heart attack is accompanied by the traditional symptoms of chest pain or pain that walking down your left arm. In fact, a Heart attack can also happen, without a person experiencing these obvious symptoms. Approximately, half of all the heart attacks are Silent ones.

What is a silent heart attack?

Silent Heart attack

A silent heart attack happens when you experience no physical symptoms to warn you that you’ve developed a heart problem such as chest pain or shortness of breath.

These silent heart attack signs include:
• Lightheadedness
• Shortness of breath
• Nausea
• Vomiting, indigestion or other gastrointestinal distress
• Severe fatigue
• Sweating

In a few cases, people who have survived a silent heart attack often report they ignored one or more of the above symptoms, or they traced the symptoms to something else.

Silent heart attacks are not generally detected until the patient’s next electrocardiogram (EKG), which will display the traces of a prior heart attack. In a few more unfortunate states, a silent heart attack may not be detected until a second heart attack sends the person to the hospital.

Factors that promote Heart attack risk

• Diabetes
• Smoking
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• A strong family history of heart disease
• Sedentary lifestyle.

If you’re at greater risk of having a heart attack for any of the above reasons, you should seek evaluation from Doctor.

How you can avoid a silent heart attack

You can only reduce the risk of having a heart attack if you;
• Eat a healthy diet
• Maintain an active lifestyle
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Quit smoking
Follow up with doctors regularly