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Warning symptoms before major myocardial infarction.
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PMID:  5212358     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred and eighty patients in hospital with proven myocardial infarction were questioned during their recovery about any unusual symptoms they experienced during the two months before the diagnosis of infarction. One hundred and twenty-two (68%) admitted to such symptoms. Ninety-nine (55% of the total) said they had experienced either the onset or an intensification of attacks of pain in the chest. Twenty-three (13%) described other symptoms, particularly tiredness or breathlessness. Of the 122 patients with prodromal symptoms, only 36 consulted their doctors, and of these 14 received only reassurance. The fact that such a high proportion of patients experience prodromal symptoms gives ground for hope that myocardial infarction might be averted in many instances. To achieve this, doctors need to be better trained to recognize the early symptoms of coronary heart disease, and, above all, further research is urgently needed to establish an effective prophylactic regimen. Once these goals have been achieved, there will be a strong case for educating the public to recognize coronary symptoms.
M Stowers; D Short
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British heart journal     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0007-0769     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Heart J     Publication Date:  1970 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-07-08     Completed Date:  1986-07-08     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370634     Medline TA:  Br Heart J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  833-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Angina Pectoris / diagnosis,  prevention & control
Interviews as Topic / methods
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*,  prevention & control
Patient Education as Topic
Referral and Consultation
Time Factors

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