A heart attack is a medical emergency that can happen anytime but it is more dangerous, if it goes unrecognized. It is called “Silent Heart Attack’ and it could be more fatal, if you fail to notice the signs.
Silent Heart Attack
Also known as Silent Myocardial Infraction (SMI), it accounts for 45% of total heart attacks in the world but what is more surprising is that it affects more women than men. And it is directly related to high blood pressure.
90/60mmHG and 120/80mmHG is considered normal range of blood pressure and anything above 140/90mmHg is high blood pressure. A recent survey in Rajasthan revealed startling details – 7% women against 12% men between 15-49 years suffer from high blood pressure.
But these people don’t have any underlying condition like diabetes, obesity, tobacco consumption and cholesterol buildup. And these people have more chances of getting silent heart attack that could go unnoticed.
Relation between hypertension and heart attack
Your health is what you eat. Today urban lifestyle leaves little time to take care of your health especially heart that suffers a lot. Your food is high on calorie but low on nutrient. Moreover, lack of physical activity increases chances of fat buildup in arteries leading to blockage and finally heart attack.
Warning signs and preventive measures
- Discomfort like pressure, squeezing and pain in the center of chest
- Discomfort in upper body including arms, neck, back, jaw and stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling nauseated and breaking out in a cold sweat
The best way to prevent silent heart attack is to go through complete health screening. Also, you should keep a tab over underlying conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking. The objective is to find out blockage in arteries and take necessary steps to open blocked veins.