Re: Silent Heart Attack?
I had a silent heart attack (MI) a couple of years ago. It usually happens when there is (gradual?) blockage of the heart arteries and the gradual process causes no symptoms or angina. The lack of oxygen to the heart damages heart tissue causing the heart to lose contractility strength.
In my situation, I didn't know there was a problem until I had pulmonary edema due to heart failure (CHF). Working on a home project I inhaled dust causing a breathing problem that led me to ER.
It happens more often to older people, and people that have diabetes. I don't have diabetes, but I am in the upper age range.
I don't know about gender as a factor, but MI has been on the increase with women, and statistics indicate women live longer, so if age is a factor for silent MI then that may also be on the increase.