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4 silent signs of heart attack

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If you’ve ever seen a movie in which an actor suffers a heart attack, you’ve probably seen him clutch his chest, roll his eyes, and groan in intense pain before falling to the ground.

However, a heart attack in Hollywood can be different from a real one.

The pain you experience from a heart attack can be much less dramatic, and it may not even be very painful. If you are having a heart attack, you already know to call 9-1-1 right away. But if you don’t have the telltale sign of sudden chest pain that everyone learns to recognize, it can be confusing. This is called a silent heart attack. It means you don’t even know you are having one. But it is still dangerous and even life threatening.

How can a heart attack be silent?

A silent heart attack is like any other, and just as damaging. Your heart needs oxygen-rich blood to function. If plaque (consisting of fat, cholesterol, and other substances) builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the heart, this blood flow can be significantly or completely disrupted.

The longer your heart has no blood flow, the more damage occurs. Because silent heart attacks can go unnoticed, they can cause a significant amount of damage. And without treatment, they can be deadly.

The good news is, you can prepare by knowing these 4 silent signs of a heart attack.

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Written by Joshua L.

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