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A silent heart attack is one in which a person does not feel typical symptoms of a heart attack, such as:
This type of heart attack is usually not detected unless there are
symptoms of another condition, such as heart failure, at the same time. It may
not be discovered until later, during a routine physical exam.
A silent heart attack may occur when the nerves in the heart have
been damaged by high blood sugar due to diabetes. Because the heart attack does
not cause symptoms, it is ignored or not noticed and often causes more damage
to the heart. In a person with diabetes, the only signs of a heart attack may
be a rising blood sugar level and weakness that does not go away after eating
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
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