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is it possible to have a heart attack without even knowing that you had one?

is it possilbe to have a heart attack without even knowing that you had one? if so, what are these heart attacks called and how frequently can they occur?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Silent infarction (heart attack) is not uncommon, and happens frequently among diabetics. They don't experience the traditional form of chest pain, as they suffer from an associated nerve disease called autonomic neuropathy. The nerves conducting the pain impulses from the heart are affected. The condition may be simply passed as a case of bad gastritis, light headedness, numbness, fainting attack, to be discovered on the ECG later in life.
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