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Can you have a heart attack without knowing it ?

If you can, what can I look for to see if my dad is having one and not knowing it ?
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
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Yes, they are what we in the medical profession call non q wave myocardial infarctions or in laymen's terms silent myocardial infarct. The person may experience anything from an episode of nausea with severe weakness to self resolving chest pain and will not know it until it is discovered during a physical or other problem.
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