You May Not Know If You
Have A Heart Attack

Stethoscope on a heart in medical background

There is something called a Silent Heart Attack (SMI) and there are a lot of people who have one. Depending on the studies or the source it is thought that up to 50% of all heart attacks could be SMI’s.

SMI stands for Silent Myocardial Infarction, and a Myocardial Infarction the scientific name for a heart attack – so SMI is a silent “heart attack”. Makes sense right?? I had never heard of an SMI before but now that I have it is definitely on my radar to watch with myself and those around me.

The short explanation is that it either has no symptoms or it has milder versions of the normal heart attack symptoms. Those symptoms are:

  • pressure, tightness, pain, squeezing, or aching in your chest

  • nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain

  • cold sweat

  • shortness of breath

  • lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

  • fatigue

There are a number of studies I reference and most of them have shown that even if you don’t think you’ve had a SMI that if you did by 5-10 years later you could have the same myocardial scars that someone with a traditional heart attack has.

In addition I reference a couple of sleep studies that have found links to cardiovascular disease which is important to heart health as well. You should listen to the podcast for all of the info as it’s very important for us all (especially we “older” people) to know.

At the end of the podcast I let everyone know that if anyone listening is feeling stressed  and upset due to the current period of Covid-19 uncertainty I am offering a free coaching session to help you move more easily through this time. You can contact me here on my website or on my Facebook profile or Facebook podcast page.

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