Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and the numbers show little signs of slowing. Every year, roughly 805,000 Americans have a heart attack. Surprisingly, 1 in 5 of those heart attacks occur just below the sufferer’s awareness.
Not all heart attacks are created equal, but all heart attacks cause serious damage to the heart. Some call them silent heart attacks, some refer to them as mild heart attacks, and others choose to label them as mini heart attacks. Today, we’re going to present you with everything you should know about mini heart attacks so that you can spot one in the wild, and seek treatment accordingly.
What Is a Mini Heart Attack?
Doctors don’t go around calling them mini heart attacks. Instead, they use the term non-ST elevation myocardial infarction of NSTEMI.
An NSTEMI is basically a less severe form of a heart attack that inflicts less damage to the heart. That’s not to say that mini heart attacks should be taken lightly.