A heart attack is a very serious and very sudden condition and occurs when a section of the heart does not receive blood. The leading cause of death among humans, a heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction (MI), often results from coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease to affect adults. Almost always, heart attacks are life-threatening and require immediate attention. The scary thing is that 25 per cent of ALL heart attacks happens “silently,” without clear or obvious symptoms. Even when symptoms occur, they can be so mild or vague, most people don’t even realise it’s heart-related (unless they are made aware).
Silent heart attacks can happen to anyone, but people most likely to experience silent heart attacks are those that have had a prior heart attack, individuals who have diabetes, women, men and women over the age of 65 and those prone to strokes.
What to do if you suspect it is a heart attack
Timing is the most critical factor for survival. Statistics show a clear link between delay in treatment and disability or death the amount of time that elapses between the first sign of symptoms and receiving care.
Many people permanently damage their hearts because of pride! If you feel you may be having a heart attack, don’t mess around! Seek medical attention immediately and whatever you do, do NOT drive yourself if possible. There is no shame in seeking medical attention for what you believe to be a heart condition. Do not be embarrassed if it’s a false alarm, it’s your life we’re talking about!
If you wonder if you’ve had a silent heart attack, talk to your doctor. A review of your symptoms, health history and a physical exam can help your doctor decide if more tests are necessary.
Identify a Silent Heart Attack
The only way to tell if you’ve had a silent heart attack is to have imaging tests, such as an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram or others. These tests can reveal changes that signal you’ve had a heart attack.
Definite Treatment of a silent heart attack
The most important treatment in silent heart attack is restoring the blood flow to the heart. Restoring blood flow can be accomplished by dissolving clots found in the artery (thrombolysis) or by pushing the artery open using a balloon (angioplasty). Both thrombolysis and angioplasty may be used at the same time.