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Shortness of Breath Heralds Worse Survival Than Chest Pain for Heart Attack Patients

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Just 76% of heart attack patients with dyspnoea or fatigue as their main symptom are alive at one year compared to 94% of those with chest pain as the predominant feature. That’s the finding of research presented today at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1

“Dyspnoea and extreme tiredness were more common heart attack symptoms in women, older people and patients with other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and lung disease,” said study author Dr. Paulo Medeiros of Braga Hospital, Portugal ...