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Common Symptoms of Mild Heart Attacks

Updated on October 18, 2010

Typically, a great majority of people believe that a heart attack happens when there is extreme  chest pain that  calls for  a medical emergency. Actually, this is true but people must realize that mild heart attacks always go unnoticed even for a couple of years. Also, it is important for doctors to observe more latent mild heart attack symptoms as extra precaution.
There are different symptoms of  mild heart attacks but most of them are commonly indicated by chest pain. The chest pain starts as a feeling of indigestion or heartburn that people casually dismiss since it 's normal. 

However, pain that does not go way in a few minutes must be taken seriously. Mild heart attacks do warn us that we must pay attention to our cardiovascular health by going to a doctor.

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms
Mild Heart Attack Symptoms

A well recognized mild heart attacks symptoms is known as angina pectoris. Typically, angina pectoris chest pain is an indication of coronary heart disease. This can possibly occur especially when there is not enough oxygen supply for the heart. When this happens, one of the arteries going to the heart could have been blocked by plaque.

This results to ischemia or inadequate blood supply that affects the heart and cause chest pain (angina). However, there are certain heart conditions like valvular disorders which cause angina.
Some other symptoms of mild heart attacks include pain that radiates to the jaws, shoulders, arms and neck. When people experience the symptoms, they   usually break in a cold sweat and have difficulty in breathing. They can be dizzy and nauseous as well as confused too.

In the case of women, a study published by Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association reported that  women often feel mild heart attacks symptoms a month before the episode. Typically, most of women's complaints are weakness in the left arm and fatigue. In addition to this, the women also felt difficulty in getting good sleep and always feel tired.
Remember that a heart attack is not only indicated by severe chest pain all the time. Some mild heart attacks symptoms may begin as inconvenient feeling that is similar to heartburn. Whenever this happens, it is best to go to the nearest health facility.


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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      very important information, I found the hard way. 50

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      HubMania 7 years ago from India

      Thank you stars439 and stars439 for your nice comments.

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      William J. Prest 7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Very informative, especially about the one month part with women. I've studied to be a paramedic and didn't know that part. Thanks!

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great Hub. God Bless You