Nearly 800,000 Americans have a heart attack every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A significant portion of these potentially fatal medical events will be shrouded in the mystery of the somewhat inaptly named silent heart attacks. According to William Salerno, M.D., director, Cardiac Care Unit and director, Advanced Cardiovascular Assessment Program at the Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, the absence of severe pain or any other of the better-known indications of a heart attack does not mean that a silent heart attack is necessarily less serious than the more apparent kind.
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