Health Shorts: Dyspnea common after heart attack

August 13, 2009

Shortness of breath (dyspnea) is a common symptom among heart attack patients, and it often predicts a negative outcome. Among 1,835 patients, 47 percent reported dyspnea one month after a heart attack, and dyspnea was associated with a lower quality of life. Researchers concluded that breathlessness has at least as great an impact on quality of life and survival as chest pain (angina), which also is a common symptom after a heart attack.

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[SOURCE: Michelle Rizzo, “Dyspnea after myocardial infarction is linked with adverse outcomes,” Reuters Health, June 11, 2009; David J. Cohen, et al, “American Heart Journal," 2009;157:10420-1049]

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Last Updated August 13, 2009