This article covers heart attack symptoms other than chest pain, which common people usually ignore.
Most people usually think that heart attack (myocardial infarction) always produces chest pain and it cannot be missed, but this is not true. Sometimes, heart attack presents with atypical symptoms that are confusing and may be related to other organs and diseases. At times, there is even no symptom at all. No doubt, chest pain is the most common and typical symptom of heart attack, but other somewhat atypical symptoms may also be due to a heart attack. These symptoms include:
These atypical symptoms are more common in females, older people (both males and females), and those with diabetes mellitus. These atypical symptoms may be because of non-cardiac conditions, but a cardiac cause should be strongly suspected in:
In such patients, any of the symptoms mentioned above may be due to heart attack, so it should not be ignored, and emergency department of the hospital should be reached ideally through emergency medical services without wasting time.
Sometimes there is no symptom, and myocardial infarction is diagnosed later when ECG, echocardiography or other cardiac imaging test is done for screening and insurance purposes. At the other extreme, heart attack causes sudden death within minutes of typical or atypical symptoms, which is diagnosed later on autopsy findings.
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02 May 2019 - 1 min read
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