Heart attacks happen when there is a sudden loss of blood flow to a part of a person’s heart muscle. They come on suddenly and can prove fatal. A number of lifestyle factors can make an attack more likely, such as high blood pressure and being overweight. A new study reveals stopping statins in old age can significantly raise the risk.
Doctor Jogre Plutzky, director of the vascular disease prevention program at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital said: “Heart attack symptoms can feel so mild, and be so brief, they often get confused for regular discomfort or another less serious problem, and thus people ignore them.
People can feel completely normal during a heart attack and afterward too, which further adds to the chance of missing the warning signs.”
There are four signs that could indicate you are having a silent heart attack. These include:
A discomfort in the centre of the chest that lasts several minutes, or goes away and comes back. It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or pain.
Discomfort in other upper-body areas, such as one or both arms, the back, the neck, the jaw, or the stomach.