Question: Can You Have A Heart Attack Without Knowing It?

A heart attack does not always have obvious symptoms, such as pain in your chest, shortness of breath and cold sweats.

In fact, a heart attack can actually happen without a person knowing it.

It is called a silent heart attack, or medically referred to as silent ischemia (lack of oxygen) to the heart muscle.

What are the 4 silent signs of a heart attack?

Never Ignore These 11 Heart Symptoms

  • Chest Discomfort. It’s the most common sign of heart danger.
  • Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain. Some people have these symptoms during a heart attack.
  • Pain that Spreads to the Arm.
  • You Feel Dizzy or Lightheaded.
  • Throat or Jaw Pain.
  • You Get Exhausted Easily.
  • Snoring.
  • Sweating.

Can you have a mini heart attack and not know it?

You can have a heart attack and not even know it. They are described as “silent” because when they occur, their symptoms lack the intensity of a classic heart attack, such as extreme chest pain and pressure; stabbing pain in the arm, neck, or jaw; sudden shortness of breath; sweating, and dizziness.

How can I tell if I’ve had a heart attack?

Common heart attack signs and symptoms include:

  1. Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back.
  2. Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain.
  3. Shortness of breath.
  4. Cold sweat.
  5. Fatigue.
  6. Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness.

Can you have a heart attack with normal blood pressure?

Blood pressure is not an accurate predictor of a heart attack. Sometimes a heart attack can cause an increase or decrease in blood pressure, but having a change in blood pressure reading doesn’t always mean it’s heart-related. Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack. However, it’s not the only symptom.

What are the warning signs of clogged arteries?

Do clogged arteries cause any symptoms?

  • Chest pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Weakness or dizziness.
  • Nausea.
  • Sweating.

How do you rule out a heart attack?

Tests include:

  1. Electrocardiogram (ECG). This first test done to diagnose a heart attack records the electrical activity of your heart via electrodes attached to your skin.
  2. Blood tests. Certain heart proteins slowly leak into your blood after heart damage from a heart attack.