To Your Health

Silent Heart Attacks

Chest pain, shortness of breath and cold sweats are typical heart attack signs. But many Americans have heart attacks without symptoms—and when they do, they are three times as likely to die from heart disease. Here’s why:

Are you at risk to suffer a silent heart attack?

Check with your health care provider if you have one or more of these risks factors:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Prior heart attack
  • Age 45 and older
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of regular exercise

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.

—Proverbs 4:20–22