Unrecognized Heart Attacks

Dr. David Zidar says unrecognized heart attacks can be a result of a lack of symptoms.
3:00 | 09/04/12

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We certainly are concerned. About. Unrecognized heart attacks. Simply because we know that those patients are typically untreated until their second heart attack -- third heart attack and so study like this allows us to. Put into context what we believed to be true which is that often times. The first heart attack is not necessarily. Recognized and there may be several reasons -- that the first is that. Sometimes a small heart attack may actually be asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic. And other for the patient never really attributes it the symptoms if -- mild to. To come from the heart. And the second reason that we've known for some time is that really the heart is poorly engineered. Relate to allow the patient to two. Diagnosed. -- herself accurately. And so the the nerve endings that supply the heart. You know also supplies -- times the esophagus. Sometimes can supply the lungs -- the the rib cage. In -- it's lack of symptoms or the the difficulty in attributing the symptoms to the heart is something that we struggle with even. -- as patients in as cardiologists. Like.

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