Could I have a heart attack with no chest pain?

January 3, 2014 in LifeCare Health Services

While chest pain is still the most common heart attack symptom, a recent study shows that about 20% of young to middle-aged people do not report suffering from chest pain during their attack. What’s more, the majority of the 20% that do not experience this tell-tale sign are women. The 1,015 participants in this study were both men and women, age 55 and younger, who were in the hospital for acute coronary syndrome.

The researchers say a lot can be learned from the results of this study such as the other signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Even if you don’t have chest pain but experience some of the following symptoms, don’t dismiss them.

* Fatigue and weakness
* Shortness of breath
* Dizziness or lightheadedness
* Fainting
* Nausea
* Pain or discomfort in the arms, neck, jaw, or stomach
* Upper back pain or pressure

When recovering from a heart attack, give us a call for in-home cardiac rehabilitation that may be fully funded by traditional Medicare plans.

Source: Khan N, Daskalopoulou S, Karp I, et al. Sex differences in acute coronary syndrome symptom presentation in young patients. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013; 173(20):1863-1871.

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