17 Silent Signs of a Heart Attack Men Can't Afford to Miss
Not every case of heart disease is as dramatic as what you see on television medical dramas. In fact, according to a 2017 report from Harvard Health Publishing, some 45 percent of heart attacks are categorized as silent myocardial infarctions (SMIs), meaning that "when they occur, their symptoms lack the intensity of a classic heart attack." And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of all men who die of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms whatsoever.
But if not every heart disease diagnosis is glaringly obvious, then how are doctors—let alone you—supposed to know if your ticker's a time bomb? Getting a routine checkup is a good place to start, but it also pays to learn these silent signs of a heart attack so you know if and when to seek emergency treatment. And for symptoms specific to the opposite sex, check out All the Subtle Symptoms of Heart Disease Women Should Know.