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.
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
- 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.