High Pain Tolerance Tied to Silent Heart Attack Risk
People who are less sensitive to pain may be at increased risk of having a silent heart attack, a new study hints.
Chest pain is one of the classic symptoms of a heart attack. But many people have so-called silent heart attacks, where they notice no obvious symptoms.
Almost everyone knows what a heart attack is. When we hear about it, we think of chest pain and medical care, said Dr. Andrea Ohrn, the lead researcher on the new study.
But what's less known is, many people experience heart attacks without knowing it -- without ever receiving a diagnosis," said Ohrn, a fellow at the University of Tromso in Norway.
No one knows why that is. But the new findings suggest that pain tolerance might be a factor....