A heart attack happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked and the heart can’t get oxygen. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die.
A silent heart attack is so called because it doesn’t show any classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack like unbearable chest pain, excessive sweating, locking of the jaws etc. It will like a brief period of discomfort after which everything returns to normal. A silent attack is more dangerous because we can’t identify whether it’s an attack and thereby not taking any medication and precautions.
Then, how can we understand silent attacks? It can identify by some signs of our body and you can save yourself from a full-fledged heart attack. These are the 5 symptoms of silent attack which you should be aware of.
- Excessive fatigue
It is one thing if you feel exhausted after running a marathon and another thing after taking a flight of stairs, a short walk from your office to the parking lot or just walking around the house. This could be a sign of a silent heart attack. Since the blood flow to the heart is reduced during an attack it puts extra stress on the muscles that make you feel fatigue.
2. Pain in the arm or back
Chest pain is a very common sign of heart attack. However, in a silent heart attack, this symptom is not noticeable. But the body does send some pain signals from the surrounding area, like a radiating pain in the left arm or soreness on the back. These signs look so subtle that we fail to associate it with a heart attack.
3. Shortness of breath
Women take note, this happens due to regular stress. Not that this doesn’t happen with men but is a more common symptom in women. If you find yourself feeling breathless during your regular chores it is a red flag.
Angina, heartburn-like chest pain is common during a silent heart attack. So if you don’t have bouts of acidity often and suddenly face one probably popping an antacid won’t help.
5. Discomfort in the neck and throat
If you feel an unexplained discomfort bothering you, especially in your neck and throat area this could indicate a silent heart attack.