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Women’s Chest Pain Unreliable Indicator of Heart Attack: WebMD

Women’s Chest Pain Unreliable Indicator of Heart Attack: WebMD

Chest pain is not a symptom that doctors can use to accurately diagnose a woman suffering a major heart attack, according to new research.

A survey of about 800 women and 1,700 men found that women tend to suffer the same types of chest pain as men during a heart attack, Swiss researchers from the University Hospital Basel said.

However, most of the chest pain symptoms reported by women could not be used to tell a heart attack from some other cause of severe chest pain.

Doctors said the study, which was published Nov. 25 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, provides further evidence that emergency-room doctors should use concrete heart tests to diagnose a heart attack.

These tests include the electrocardiogram (EKG), which checks the heart’s electrical activity, and the cardiac troponin test, which is a blood test that checks for proteins called troponins that are released when the heart muscle is damaged.

“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

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