When a person gets a heart attack, typical or atypical symptoms are seen. People with one or more risk factors should not ignore atypical symptoms like dizziness, pain in the upper part of the abdomen, pain in the jaw, back pain, etc. In silent heart attack, as the name suggests, a patient does not have any symptoms. An enemy in disguise ! It is truly said – Prevention is better than cure !
Many people have lost their lives or have suffered serious damage to their heart because of such beliefs : ‘I can never get heart attack’, ‘This is merely a gastric trouble’, ‘It is simple muscular pain – it is not that serious’, ‘Why to rush to the hospital at night, will go to the doctor next day morning’, ‘I will be OK by taking medicines for acidity or by rubbing the pain-balm’, ‘My cardiogram was quite normal only a few days before’, ‘If I will go to the doctor, unnecessarily he will admit me’, etc. In such situations one should sit silently, take medicines like Sorbitrate and Aspirin and if there is no improvement, should contact the doctor and reach the hospital by calling an ambulance. After reaching the hospital, if it is proved to be merely a gastric problem or muscular pain, One has nothing to lose. But if one avoids going to a hospital and God forbid it is a heart attack, it can be undoubtedly a big loss ! Those who have risk factors for heart attack should not insist for calling a doctor at home but should reach the hospital – if possible by ambulance, not by one’s own vehicle. Generally it takes 30 to 90 minutes for a doctor to visit your house, take cardiogram and make a diagnosis. Maximum risk of death from a heart attack is during these initial minutes.Treatment of heart attack is best given if it is started in this period only, because the possibility of success of treatment diminishes as the time passes by or the patient reaches late to the hospital.