Silent Myocardial Infarction (SMI) is really a heart attack that can happen at any age and at any time without any real warning signs. This article looked at a case report for a 35 year old male that passed unexpectedly. Upon further evaluation of the autopsy report, SMI proved to be the cause of death for this particular individual. The most common risk factors for SMI include smoking history, family history of heart disease, age, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and being overweight. Although it is found that SMI does occur in “2-4% of young adult asymptomatic men.” Cases like this one seem to be heavily underreported due to the asymptomatic aspect of the disease. The most important piece of conclusion from this case study mentioned that this case should be seen as a valuable reminder of SMI for clinicians and pathologists. Education is key in preventing SMIs and other well-known chronic conditions. It is possible that this patient ignored chest pain days prior to the incident. It’s possible that previous education on cardiovascular events might have led this patient to seek medical attention. As healthcare providers how can we best educate our patients on different disease states? We have a health fair in the near future that will include a wide range of information. What is the best method for teaching the most valuable information in order to save lives? Preventative medicine is essential thanks to our increased knowledge of many chronic disease states and should not be ignored.
Aghdam M, Vodovnik A, Sund B. Sudden death associated with silent myocardial infarction in a 35-year-old man: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2016; 10:46.