ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new study shows what you may not know about silent heart attacks.

The study finds nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent, occurring without any symptoms. They are more common in men than women, but kill more women over time.

The question becomes: So if there are no symptoms, what should we be looking for?

“…if you start having increasing shortness of breath,” Wash U and Barnes Jewish cardiologist Dr. Nishath Quader says. “Sometimes fatigue itself can be a symptom of a silent heart attack.”

Silent heart attacks are usually discovered by cardiologists during an exam — suffered by a patient who said they never had the typical heart attack symptoms.

“If you start noticing some of these things…those could be signs that there is some heart involvement,” Quader says. “It’s always good to talk to your doctor about these symptoms.”

Quader says to prevent silent heart attacks or non-silent heart attacks, it is very important to treat the risk factors that lead to heart disease. She adds diabetics are at an especially high risk for a heart attack.

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