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Women with heart attacks have characteristic symptoms, says new study

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1128
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Unusual fatigue, sleep disturbance, and shortness of breath are common symptoms in women who later have a heart attack, says a study published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, yet less than a third report chest discomfort before the attack.

    The study surveyed 515 women aged 29 to 97, with an average age of 66, who had been discharged four to six months earlier from five hospitals in Arkansas, North Carolina, and Ohio, after having had a heart attack.

    The women were surveyed for prodromal and acute symptoms. The researchers defined prodromal symptoms as being new or changing in intensity or frequency before the heart attack, being intermittent before the heart …

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