The heart attack you'll never even feel
You grab your chest with one hand, the phone in the other, and you quickly dial 911.
You're having a heart attack -- and you need help ASAP.
But what if you didn't feel a thing... and never got help... because you didn't even know that you'd just had that same heart attack?
It can happen, and it can happen to you!
New research shows that 45 percent of all heart attacks are "silent," meaning you don't feel any signs or symptoms.
But while you won't feel the attack, you WILL suffer on the inside. A silent heart attack leaves behind the same kind of dangerous scarring in the heart as any other heart attack.
That, in turn can cause serious problems down the road -- because folks who suffer from silent heart attacks have TRIPLE the risk of death from heart disease and are a third MORE likely to die from any cause, according to the study in the journal Circulation.
Overall, men are much more likely to have a silent heart attack. One study last year found evidence of a silent heart attack in 13 percent of older men, compared to just 2.5 percent of older women.
But the new study finds that while women are less likely to have one, when they actually do, they're much more likely to die because of it.
So that leaves us with the million-dollar question for the day: If I can't feel the symptoms... what could I possibly do about it?
First, watch out for OTHER symptoms -- ones you might not link to a heart attack. In many cases, silent heart attacks can cause jaw pain, fatigue, indigestion, flu-like symptoms, and muscle pain in the chest or upper back.
Some people report that, in hindsight, it felt like a muscle strain in the chest.
In reality, it was a heart attack.
If it comes on suddenly and for no apparent reason, get some help and get checked out -- and if the ER doc won't take your symptoms seriously, don't leave without getting an EKG.
Second, take action today that can protect you from EVERY type of heart attack tomorrow. Kick bad habits like smoking, and if you've put on a few too many pounds, drop a little weight.
And third, be sure to give your heart a suit of armor. Fish oil, coenzyme Q10, and magnesium can all help protect your ticker and cut your risk of any kind of heart attack.
Don't fall into the trap of thinking you're "too young" or "too fit" to have a heart attack. Fact is, they can happen to anyone -- sometimes, even if you're doing everything right.
So, if you suspect something's wrong, get it checked out ASAP.
For one-on-one help with heart health, including an all-natural treatment plan customized to meet your needs, make an appointment to see me at my clinic in the San Diego area.
Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.