Most of the people have a heart attack with traditional symptoms, such as chest discomfort or pain, cold sweat, and extreme weakness. However, there are people, around 20-30%, who will experience atypical symptoms or no symptoms at all.
What are the unusual symptoms?
Some of these symptoms include unexplained fatigue, shortness of breath and/or discomfort in the throat, neck, jaw or a single extremity. Some will experience heartburn, so will simply take medication to relieve the heartburn instead of recognizing that the pain could be coming from their heart.
People think a heart attack should be pain on the left side of the chest, but most often it is not a sharp pain, but a feeling of discomfort in the center of the chest with a squeezing or tightness.
How to discover the heart attack
People who had an unrecognized heart attack may discover it weeks or months later when they go to the doctor. It is often recognized on the EKG during the patient’s yearly physical. The size of the heart attack can be discovered by how much heart muscle has been damaged.
Moreover, other patients will see their doctors after an unrecognized heart attack because they are experiencing persistent symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. Severe complications can develop, including decompensated heart failure, heart rhythm disorders and a loss of consciousness.
Do notoverlook odd signs
If you experience a heart attack without the common signs and survive it, you are very lucky. If you are experiencing discomfort for a few minutes and the symptoms are unclear and new, do not ignore them.
Many people sense it is a problem, but do not want to believe it is a heart attack.
Seek care if you experience new symptoms like the above mentioned. You should not be your own physician, so it is important to seek medical attention right away.