When you’re going about your day-to-day life and start to feel unwell, it’s unlikely you’ll associate the symptoms you’re experiencing with a heart attack. After all, it’s a fundamental part of your body, so you’d know if something had gone wrong, right?
However, heart attacks can often be “silent” and do a significant amount of damage without you even realising. Here are some of the common signs of a silent heart attack and how they can affect your day-to-day life.
Chest pain or tightness
One of the first things that alert most people to the fact they’re having a heart attack is sudden chest pain and tightness. This tends to be on the left-hand side of your chest and in the case of a major heart attack, can be severe. By comparison, a silent heart attack will only be felt in the form of a mild, but highly consistent, aching sensation. Of course, these sensations could be related to less serious problems such as heartburn, but you know your body, so if anything feels wrong, you should always see a doctor.
Difficulty with breathing
The tight chest sensation that tends to be a symptom of heart attacks can have serious repercussions for other parts of your body, including your ability to breathe normally. The tight feeling in your chest that you get from a heart attack might not be felt in the case of a silent heart attack, but your heart’s inability to pump blood effectively will leave your muscles without enough oxygen. If you’re starting to feel lightheaded and short of breath after something as simple as climbing the stairs, visit a doctor and get yourself checked out as soon as possible.
Cold sweats and feeling sick
Although these symptoms are often associated with illnesses such as having the flu, they can be indicative of something far worse. If you find yourself experiencing nausea and cold sweats regularly, but no other flu-like symptoms, it could be worth visiting a private cardiologist.
Why visit a private cardiologist?
If you have any of these symptoms and want to seek medical assistance, contact Dr. Georgios Karagiannis to make an appointment. Private cardiologists like Dr. Karagiannis have a wealth of knowledge and having specialised in their field, can offer you lifestyle and health advice that will keep you healthy for years to come.
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