Severe Heart Attacks Don't Always Hurt

Fall 2004 CSANews Issue 52  |  Posted date : May 15, 2007.Back to list

According to a recent study published by Chest journal, heart attacks that are not accompanied by chest pain are deadlier, more apt to be missed, and less likely to receive proper treatment. Researchers found that of 20, 881 patients hospitalized for acute coronary syndromes in 14 countries, 1,763 (8%) did not report chest pain. One quarter of these people were initially misdiagnosed, compared with only 2% of those with chest pain.

If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness, or persistent nausea or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms may be indicative of a heart attack, even if they are not accompanied by chest pain.