Could I have a heart attack with no chest pain?

May 9, 2014 in Our News & Bulletins by Guardian Angels Home Health

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

If you are recuperating from a heart attack, keep us in mind for help with your chores, errands, and help around the home.

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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