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Posted by Jim930
on September 05, 2000 at 18:25:55:
In Reply to: Silent heart attack?? posted by baja200 on September 05, 2000 at 18:08:19:
: Is there such a thing as a silent heart attack? That you don't feel chest pain or back pain. Can you have a heart attack that's serious but not painful?
I'm not sure if there are any silent heart attacks in a sense that you don't feel absolutely anything. There are many cases when a person actually has a heart attack but does not recognize the signs as heart attack. Some people may dismiss the signs as simple indigestion or cold sweats or non heart related back problem. In fact there was a specific article I read about a pattern of cases where young women don't report there symptoms to their doctors and their heart condition is not treated right away. That as you can guess make things worse because it delays treatment. There is a rare condition called Long QT Syndrome which make the heart beat irregularly fast and causes angina. It has nothing to do with your health or cholesterol, it's mainly genetic. I'm not all too certain that's not totally silent like you mention. If there's any indication that you had or have symptoms of heart attack, get checked by your doctor. ECG is really simple to do and could tell you if you have a problem.
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