Coast Heart Institute

Bassam R. Baroudi, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Silent Heart Conditions

Several heart conditions can remain silent until they result in a major health incidents, such as stroke or sudden death. For example, certain rare congenital coronary artery anomalies can lead to sudden death in young competitive athletes.
A far more common birth condition is Atrial Septal Defect, which is an abnormal opening between two chambers of the heart. This condition –twice as common in females than males– can remain silent, or be associated with subtle, nonspecific symptoms, for many years and
then result in several significant health
consequences, including stroke. The majority of cases are diagnosed before the fifth decade of life. Early diagnosis means a better chance of correcting the defect before irreversible conditions have developed.


Atypical symptoms

one of the great challenges in practicing medicine is patient presentation with atypical symptoms.

Most diseases and medical conditions are associated with a typical set of signs and symptoms. However, it is not uncommon for a sign or symptoms, such as fever, to be associated with many different medical conditions, or be more common with a simple, benign condition that a more serious or life-threatening condition may be missed. For example, indigestion can be the this sole symptom of heart attack. Therefore, medical history, physical examination, lab tests and other cardiac tests and procedures may all be needed to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of a heart disease.


Am I genetically predisposed to heart disease?

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Early intervention

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