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Silent heart attacks: Much more common than we thought in both men and women

By: Deepak Bhatt, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter On television, heart attacks are portrayed in rather dramatic fashion typically, an older man clutching his chest with agonizing pain. This mental image is embedded in our culture, but it actually represents only a small fraction of heart attacks. As it turns out, a variety of different symptoms may develop with a heart attack. In addition to chest pain, some of the…

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