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Could you have a heart attack and not know it?

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Many people survive a heart attack, and don’t even know they had one. Doctors only find out about the event after taking tests, when the patient pays them a visit.
Listed here are the classic symptoms, but some not so common signals. For older people, this is a must read. Knowing what’s happening can minimize the longer term effects of having a heart attack. Enjoy yourself, but know what’s going on in your body and what its telling you.

Key Takeaways:

  • Half of heart attack victims have silent heart attacks, where they do not realize they are having it.
  • Shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea are little known signs of a heart attack.
  • People who have a higher pain tolerance, or who have diabetes, may not know they are having a heart attack.

“During a heart attack, the location of the pain can also vary quite a bit from person to person, notes Dr. Rosenfield. It may occur in the arm, shoulder, neck, jaw, or elsewhere in the upper half of the body”

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