If you think you could recognize the signs of a heart attack, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. Research shows that among older people, silent heart attacks, with very hard-to-identify symptoms, may occur twice as often as the more dramatic, very painful variety.
When researchers in Iceland examined more than 900 people aged 67 to 93, they found that 22 percent of them had suffered silent heart attacks, revealed with magnetic resonance imaging of their hearts. The researchers also found that those silent heart attacks doubled the annual risk of death among their victims.
The symptoms of a silent heart attack can include unusual fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, mild chest pain, indigestion, shortness of breath and even back pain.