Many of those that suffer from a heart attack do not experience chest pain, according to the findings a new study. Sudden chest pain is a well-known symptom of a heart attack. As a result these patients that do not experience this symptom are less likely to receive aggressive treatment.
Cardiologists in Florida, who treat conditions that put patients at risk for coronary heart disease and heart attack, examine patient’s flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles. When this flow is affected the patient is likely to experience a heart attack.
The study, conducted by researchers at the chest pain center at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that out of 1.1 million people only 42 percent of women and 30.7 of men taken to the hospital for a heart attack experienced chest pain. The women were found to be more likely to die after the heart attack. The mortality rates they found among these patients were 15 percent for women and 10 percent for men.
The findings of the study imply that cardiovascular and carotid artery stenosis treatment specialists are not able to treat patients for life-threatening conditions because patients themselves are not recognizing that they are experiencing heart problems. The classic symptoms need to be re-evaluated so that patients and doctors are aware can better identify heart conditions.