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"Silent" Heart Attacks Very Common

Posted by Paulette on June 30, 2000 at 17:53:13:

Hi, DR. Stoll

The words "Heart Attacks" never really struck home with me other than in reference to my mother. Due to numerous EKG's thought nothing of this ever happening to ME. Yes, I know what you advised I suffered on Sunday, however, articles I now receive get my attention. AS I posted earlier, found the Echocardiogram fascinating & to learn just how noisy my heart is.

Received article reference to "SILENT" Heart Attacks being Very common and wanted to learn your opinions on this.

Take Care Of Yourself

Paulette

"If I asked you to tell me the most important symptom of a heart attack,what would your answer be? Chest pain, of course.But not all heart attacks cause chest pain, in which case they are called "silent." Silent heart attack always presents a problem, because doctors do not imediately
suspect it and delay treatment.

According to the analysis of over 400,000 people treated for heart atacks, about 33% of them had no chest pain.They were more likely to wat longer before seeking medical assistance and were less likely to be iagnosed quickly, which resulted in less than optimal treatment in the first 24 hours of hospitalization. Not surprisingly, death rate was higher-23.3% vs. 9.3% in patients who had chest pain.

Risk factors of silent heart attack include: diabetes, a history of heart failure or stroke. The incidence is also higher in the elderly, nonwhites and women.The risk is even higher for people who have more than one risk factor.

Besides chest pain, heart attack can cause shortness of breath, sudden and intense sweats, general weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness and abnormal heart rhythm. People with risk factors of heart disease who experience these symptoms should seek medical attention even despite the absence of chest pain."

The Journal of the American Medical Association 2000;283:3223-3229.



Re: "Silent" Heart Attacks Very Common - important to know

Posted by Sabine on July 01, 2000 at 04:34:40:

In Reply to: "Silent" Heart Attacks Very Common posted by Paulette on June 30, 2000 at 17:53:13:

Thanks for your informative and important post.

Sabine



Re: "Silent" Heart Attacks Very Common (archive)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 02, 2000 at 09:39:10:

In Reply to: "Silent" Heart Attacks Very Common posted by Paulette on June 30, 2000 at 17:53:13:

Thanks, Paulette.

Namaste`

Walt



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