Chest pain may not always signal heart attack in women

11/25/2013 | HealthDay News

Chest pain alone is not an accurate indicator of heart attack in women, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers surveyed nearly 2,500 emergency department patients who reported severe chest pain and found that men and women tend to experience the same types of chest pain during a heart attack but most of the chest pain symptoms reported by women were not helpful in distinguishing a heart attack from other causes of chest pain. "Doctors must be much more aggressive in trying to diagnose heart disease through EKG and troponins, because without those objective data it's very hard to tell it's a woman's heart," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

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