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Silent heart attacks: Much more common than we thought in both men and women

June 10, 2016

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Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter

Dr. Deepak Bhatt is a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare and is … See Full Bio
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July 18, 2016

My aunt just died Saturday and ever since then I being feeling a little pressure in my right side I think it’s just because I’m taking her death so hard and she died from a heart attack I think

June 14, 2016

I am still not clear why there are no symptoms in silent heart attacks. Who coined the phrase “silent” heart attack? Why/how does this happen?

Janie Woodin
June 13, 2016

My insurance company refuses to pay for a screening EKG with a well women visit. I am 69 years old. The insurance company states the new Obama guidelines prohibit routine EKG with annual well women examine. If I have no symptoms should I have a EKG? ?

Ifeanyichukwu olchukwu Joe
June 13, 2016

I have pains on my chest and I have gone to see so many doctors and I was told that nothing is wrong with me. Pls am I really ok? Or do I need another check up?

Venkat Warren. M.D.
June 13, 2016

JOE! I presume you have had the basic cardiac screening tests in addition to a very good cardiovascular examination by a Cardiologist. These include the Treadmill stress test with and without echocardiogram and if needed the Thallium Adeno MIBI nuclear test and the screening for Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia and Hypertension. I also presume you do not abuse tobacco products and your BMI is not over 30 ! Given all these assumptions, all you need to do is follow your doctors advice and get periodic health check ups! Good luck ! For your information, I am a Cardiologist ! Cheers. V. Warren.

Nellie Masters
June 11, 2016

I have heaviness in my chest and sharp pain in my upper back, with nausea and clammy skin and I feel tired.

Jennie Damerell
June 13, 2016

Hi Nellie,

I’m not a physician, but I strongly encourage you to get those symptoms checked out today if possible, or at the least, contact your physician today to fill them in on exactly what your symptoms were.

Those symptoms you had could be potentially a heart related problem, or some other potentially serious problem.

I’m an R.N. with over 20 years of experience. My current specialty is Advice and Triage(ruling out emergencies and urgent conditions).

I hope all is well with you, but please do not ignore what happened. Sometimes life doesn’t give us a new lease when we wait and see what happens, instead of getting it checked out.


Richard Joseph peter Byrne
June 10, 2016

This one’s for you Peggy Sue, you broke my heart.

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