Contrary to popular belief, a heart attack is not always readily apparent when it occurs. The typical symptoms of heart attacks do not occur in all cases, and occasionally a myocardial infarction remains completely unnoticed. Of these non-standard heart attack symptoms women are more often affected than men. It’s important to recognize all the signs of a potential heart attack so that immediate and swift action can be taken.
The main symptoms of heart attack are known widely known. Among them are:
If these symptoms occur you should immediately seek medical help. Each heart attack is a life threatening medical emergency. Do not contact your personal physician, but rather emergency services (911) who are trained to perform emergency care with the least possible loss of time.
Occasionally, a myocardial infarction may manifest itself with nonspecific or otherwise unnoticeable symptoms, with no clear signs of a heart attack. Among them are:
From two to three days after a heart attack – even after a “silent” heart attack – there can be an increase in body temperature, which many people may misdiagnose as a cold or flu. The danger of non-specific symptoms is that the infarction goes undiagnosed and does not get treated properly. If you notice these signs suddenly and abruptly, a heart attack could very possibly be the cause. Those exhibiting these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. In any case, only further diagnostics can confirm or rule out myocardial infarction.