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Women, Young Adults Misinterpret Chest Pain: Study
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TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Women with chest pain are more likely than men to wait more than a day to seek care, a new study finds.
And, not surprisingly, young adults are less likely than older adults to think that their chest pain may be related to heart problems, the researchers said.
Both women and men sought care because their symptoms persisted, but women were less likely than men to seek care because they suspected heart disease, study author Judith Lichtman of the Yale University School of Public Health and colleagues pointed out in a news release from the American Heart Association.
For the study, the researchers interviewed nearly 3,000 people, aged 18 to 55, who were hospitalized for heart attack in 104 U.S. hospitals between 2008 and 2012. Ninety percent of the men and 87 percent of the women had experienced chest pain, pressure, tightness or discomfort with their heart attack.
The investigators also found that:
The study was scheduled for presentation Monday at the American Heart Association's annual scientific meeting in Los Angeles.
The data and conclusions of research presented at meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
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SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Nov. 5, 2012