Heart attack! Do you think it is always associated with chest pain?
Our society always associates heart attack with chest pain but do you know 45% of total heart attacks are silent.
Yes! A silent heart attack is an attack as its name describes, means without any symptoms of a heart attack like tightness or pain in the chest, back, arms with an abnormal heartbeat, fatigue, and anxiety.
In the current environment, no. of cases of silent heart attack is more than a common heart attack. Find out here, either your heart is at risk or not.
Risk factors that you can’t change-
- Increasing age
2. Gender- Females are at higher risk than males.
3. Genetics- People having a family history of heart disease are at higher risk.
Risk factors that you can change-
- Smoking– a major factor that increases your risk.
- Diabetes– 75% of people with diabetes over 60 dies of heart attack and its complications.
- High cholesterol- restricts the blood flow to the arteries and damage blood vessels and increases heartbeat.
- Obesity– especially in people whose weight tends to sit at the waist.
- Sedentary lifestyle/Physical inactivity– Regular or moderate physical exercise decreases your risk of heart complaints, diabetes, cholesterol, etc.
Chronic stress, heavy alcohol intake, and poor nutrition also contribute to increasing the risk of attack.
A tightness that comes and goes
After 40’s- visit cardiologist at least once.
After 50’s- If you have no complaints, go for some blood tests, echocardiogram, or any stress test.
Diabetic people should get done regularly blood sugar fasting and HbA1c also with the above tests.
One of the most common reasons for not visiting cardiologist is fear. So please don’t be afraid of visiting a cardiologist that if he finds something, what will I do? It’s better to find out the complaints at an early stage so that you can reduce your risk of stroke or permanent disabilities due to heart attack.