Silent heart attack is way more common than we think and these are the symptoms to watch for

A silent heart attack is one that displays “vague” symptoms or none at all, which means that it has the potential to go unnoticed for an extended period of time. It’s possible that the patient won’t realize they have one until they have another cardiac problem in the future or until they go in for their routine checkup. Every year, over 100,000 people in the UK suffer from heart attacks, with 35,000 of them remaining undiagnosed.

More information was provided by Andrew Klymenko, who is both a co-founder and the chairman of Mawi. Mawi is a firm that develops AI-powered wearable medical devices for the diagnosis and monitoring of heart illness.

Speaking exclusively with Express, he said: “People over 50 are at significant risk of these ‘silent killers’.

“They may go undetected for years, only to be discovered incidentally during a routine exam.

“It might not cause chest pain or shortness of breath, the two most common symptoms, and may be mistaken for simple heartburn, the flu, or a strained chest muscle.”

He warned: “Neglecting these symptoms can be dangerous as a heart attack can block the heart’s blood supply, possibly causing damage to the heart muscle.

“According to the US National Institute of Health, 70 percent of people who died of sudden heart failure had previously undiagnosed heart disease.

“This could have been prevented by having regular check-ups and timely treatment.”

Mr. Klymenko outlined the primary four warning indications that you are having a heart attack without feeling any symptoms.

Throat or jaw pain

Pain in the neck or jaw that occurs on its own generally isn’t connected to the heart. On the other hand, if discomfort or pressure in the center of your chest travels up towards your throat or jaw, this may be an indication that you are having a heart attack.

There are a number of factors that can put you more at risk of a silent heart attack including:

  • Stress
  • Age
  • Being overweight
  • Not exercising enough
  • Poor eating habits
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood sugar.

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