Chest pain has long been regarded by doctors and laypeople alike as a telltale
sign of a heart attack. However, according to a study published recently
in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), many patients
who are taken to the hospital for heart attacks never experience chest
pain. The study raises the possibility that heart attack misdiagnosis
is more common than once believed.
The study, authored by Dr. John G. Canto at the Lakeland Regional Medical
Center in Florida, found that women were less likely to experience chest
pain during a heart attack than men. Out of 1.1 million people surveyed,
42 percent of women admitted to hospitals for heart attacks never experienced
chest pain. Just over 30 percent of men surveyed did not experience chest
pain. Women were also more likely to die from a heart attack: the mortality
rate for women surveyed was 15 percent, compared to only 10 percent for men.
According to Dr. Canto, one of the reasons that women suffer a higher mortality
rate than men is because they present more often with less classic symptoms
of heart attack than men. Unfortunately, doctors may not realize what
the problem is until it is too late.
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