Chest pain is the most common symptom of heart attack and other acute coronary syndromes (ACS), but a significant number of cardiac patients, especially women, report to the hospital without it.
That's the conclusion of a new study out of Canada. The researchers looked at gender differences in younger patients, 55 and under, who received medical care for heart attacks and unstable angina.
More than 80% of both sexes complained of chest pain, but a much higher proportion of women than men presented without it. In fact, 19%, or nearly one in five women did not report chest pain compared to just 13.7% of men.
The most common non-chest pain symptoms — in all patients — were:
The reason for gender differences is unclear, according to the researchers.
They say health care providers need to evaluate all symptoms and should remain suspicious of "ACS": (Acute Coronary Syndrome) even when patients, especially women, do not have chest pain.
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