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High Pain Tolerance Tied to ‘Silent’ Heart Attack Risk

High Pain Tolerance Tied to 'Silent' Heart Attack RiskChest pain is the classic symptom of heart attack, but there is new evidence that some people don’t actually feel the pain.

Key takeaways:

·         People who have high pain tolerance are at high risk of “silent” heart attacks.

·         The majority of these people will suffer heart attacks without knowing it and therefore don’t receive a diagnosis.

·         People should be on the lookout for symptoms such as shortness of breath, heartburn like pressure in the upper abdomen, and pain in the upper jaw or upper back.

It’s possible that people who tolerate cold-induced pain are also less sensitive to pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart, Ohrn said.

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