Posted by: samantha | 2008/07/09

atypical heart attacks

I see in a recent post you mentioned that there is such a thing as an atypical heart attack. Is there a website perhaps that lists all the possible symptoms of heart attcks in different sorts of people

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Hi Sam
Atypical attacks or "silent" attacks have no symptoms, the rest have the following symptoms:
1. Upper body discomfort or pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
2. Shortness of breath
3. Nausea
4. lightheadedness or fainting
5. cold sweat
6. feeling very anxious will all of these symptoms

see this article - especially this part:
"Approximately one fourth of all myocardial infarctions are silent, without chest pain or other symptoms.[53] These cases can be discovered later on electrocardiograms or at autopsy without a prior history of related complaints. A silent course is more common in the elderly, in patients with diabetes mellitus[54] and after heart transplantation, probably because the donor heart is not connected to nerves of the host.[55] In diabetics, differences in pain threshold, autonomic neuropathy, and psychological factors have been cited as possible explanations for the lack of symptoms.[54]"

Hope this helps
Dr Bets

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