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The Heart Attack You Never Knew You Had

The image of a man clutching his chest before hitting the ground in pain is quite possibly the quintessential image of someone having a heart attack. However, that's more of a theatrical version of a heart attack than a realistic one.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The underlying cause of a silent heart attack is silent inflammation causing the rupture of soft vulnerable plaques leading to increased fibrosis of the heart muscle because of lack of resolution of the localized inflammation.  The best marker that you are likely to have a silent heart attack is an increased AA/EPA ratio.  The easiest way to the lower the AA/EPA ratio is high-dose fish oil.

 

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