Any heart attack dramatization on TV and in the movies usually involves chest pain, with the character shown as clutching his or her chest. In reality, however, heart attacks are not always preceded by chest pains, as indicated in a new study.
A new large study found out that many patients who are taken to hospitals for heart attacks never experienced chest pain. As a result, they are not as likely to be given aggressive treatment.
The study, which involved 1.1 million people and was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, determined that the absence of chest pain associated with a heart attack may be especially risky for younger and middle-aged women, as 42 percent of women admitted to hospitals for a heart attack never experienced chest pain.
Women were also found to be more likely to succumb to a heart attack, with the mortality rate for women in the study determined to be nearly 15 percent, as opposed to only 10 percent for men.
Dr. John G. Canto, director of the chest pain center at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida and one of the authors of the study, shared: “We think part of the reason is that women who are presenting with a heart attack might not have that classical presentation… so they may not be recognized as having a heart attack, and possibly some of these patients may present too late to receive lifesaving procedures.”