The classic symptoms of heart attack are pressure and squeezing in the chest, fullness, pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, back, teeth and jaws, shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, and anxiety.
However, heart attacks do not present this way all the time. Silent heart attacks also referred to as ischemia do not present majority of these symptoms. These heart attacks are not noticed in the time of the event which doesn’t imply that they do not cause damage.
Failure to notice the heart attacks means that the individuals do not get the treatment they require to prevent a subsequent heart attack. Silent heart attacks were more common in men and were found to increase the chances of dying from heart disease.
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