Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Silent Heart Attacks and the Risks They Pose

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Silent Heart Attacks and the Risks They Pose

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Dear Doctor K: I recently had an ECG in preparation for a surgical procedure. The doctor said it showed I'd had a silent heart attack. How could I have had a heart attack and not known about it?

Dear Reader: I know it sounds strange. After all, on television, heart attacks are portrayed in rather dramatic fashion. Typically, you see a person clutching their chest with agonizing pain. This mental image is embedded in our culture. But my colleague, Deepak Bhatt, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital, cites a recent study that is the latest to show that heart attacks often can be "silent."

Silent heart attacks are real. That is, the blood supply to a part of the heart has been shut down, and a part of the heart muscle dies as a result: That's what a heart attack is. …

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