Sunday, September 13, 2009
Silent Heart Attacks Can And Do Occur
In four out of nine people who have had mild heart attacks, the event goes undetected. That's because patients do not recognize or dismiss the symptoms. Those most likely not to know they've had a heart attack are women, particularly those who are overweight, diabetics, and the elderly. The problem is people don't know when they are at risk for future problems if they don't know they had a heart attack in the first place. Now these findings are based on a study of 4000 men and women in the Netherlands. Of course, chest pain is the most common, but by no means the only sign that suffers notice. Other symptoms can occur, such as shoulder pain, jaw pain, arm pain and excessive sweating. People who have had a heart attack make certain lifestyle changes that can prevent future heart attacks. That's why it's important to know.