Silent Heart Attack Symptoms And Warning Signs: Emergency Tips For Prevention By Dr Amit Bhushan Sharma

Symptoms of silent heart attack are not very serious, therefore the patient considers it a common problem. What to do during a silent heart attack?

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Aug 21, 2019Updated at: Nov 24, 2020
Silent Heart Attack Symptoms And Warning Signs: Emergency Tips For Prevention By Dr Amit Bhushan Sharma

A heart attack is considered and known as a dangerous disease because it does not give even a chance for the patient to recover. Many times a person dies within a short span time after showing a few symptoms. But do you know that there is another heart disease? Yes, and it is more dangerous than a heart attack, called 'silent heart attack'. The most common symptom of a heart attack is usually severe chest pain. But in the case of a silent heart attack, the person does not show any such symptoms, hence, ignores and dies suddenly. (therefore, it should be taken seriously).

The disease is not detected in the body

A heart attack usually occurs when there is improper blood flow in any part of the heart, due to which the muscles of that part of the heart start dying (usually, this condition comes suddenly and is fatal). There can be many reasons for heart attack, which keep increasing the danger in your body throughout life, (and you don't even realize). Usually by 40-45 years of age, if the person does not have any disease then he/she feels that they are healthy. But beware! As the risk of heart attack increases during the age of 45-50.

silent heart attack

Why is the silent heart attack a dangerous situation?

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A silent heart attack is considered a very dangerous condition in medical science because many times the first symptoms of such heart attacks are so common, that the patient feels and considers it as a minor everyday problem.

4 Symptoms of Silent Heart Attack by Dr Amit Bhushan Sharma, Associate director and Unit head cardiology, Paras Hospital Gurugram

  • These vary from person to person. Not all heart attacks start with sudden chest pain, which most of us have heard about. Some people do not have any symptoms, especially for those with diabetes. There is a feeling of sharp restlessness in the middle of the chest as if someone is pressing the chest too hard. These symptoms may persist for some time or can be felt for a few seconds and minutes.
  • They may start slowly with mild pain and discomfort. They can occur while resting or being active. How severe they are can depend on your age, gender, and medical conditions. Discomfort in the upper parts of the chest, such as a strange pain in the shoulders, arms, back, neck, abdomen, and jaws. The patient may feel restless.
  • Pain and discomfort that goes beyond your chest to other parts of your upper body, such as one or both arms, or your back, neck, abdomen, teeth, and jaw. Along with the pressure in the chest, the person starts having trouble breathing (unable to breathe properly).
  • If you or someone you have has chest discomfort or other heart attack symptoms, call for help immediately. If a person's heart stops, they are also trained to revive. A heavy head, dizziness, and sudden cold sweating.
Tips During Heart Attack

Tips During Heart Attack

  • Many times a person becomes normal after showing these symptoms (of a silent heart attack). But this is an indication that you will have a second and third attack soon, which will not give you a chance to recover next time. Therefore, if any of these symptoms appear, contact the doctor as soon as possible and seek the necessary advice.
  • Many times the chest pain in silent heart attack is so mild, that a person may feel that he is suffering due to gas or stomach disease. Therefore, be careful when you see other symptoms along with chest pain.
  • If someone suddenly has chest pain, do not panic, moreover, consider it to be a heart attack only when other symptoms are seen.

Causes of Silent Heart Attack

Generally, the danger that increases both normal heart attack and silent heart attack is the same. A person may be at risk of these diseases due to:

  • obesity 
  • high blood pressure 
  • high cholesterol level
  • diabetes

The only difference is that in case of a silent heart attack the person does not understand what he/she should do.

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