For years chest pain (angina) has been considered symptomatic almost synonymous with heart attacks (myocardial infarction). A recent study suggests this might not be the case. Many patients taken to the hospital have virtually no discernible chest pain which leads to them being treated on a less urgent basis which leads to higher casualties.
According to estimates 42% of women never experienced chest pain, while the figure was 30.7% in the case of men. This puts women as a higher risk group when it comes to painless heart attacks. According to a leading cardiologist, 3 out of 10 people in India have a painless heart attack mostly people who have hypertension and diabetes. The signals of discomfort are usually too vague to cause alarm. Therefore people who suffer from diabetes and hypertension should be rushed to the hospital even if the.
The study also suggests women are likelier to die of a heart attack than men. It’s the leading cause of death around the world with seven million cases annually. The analysis, covering over 1.1 million people, showed that while chest pain was the most frequent symptom of a heart attack in both men and women, a sizable minority of patients-about 35%-had suffered heart attacks without having chest pain.
First Published: Mar 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM