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Hypnosis Treats Unexplained Chest Pain

Study Shows Hypnotherapy Reduces Chest Pain That Is Not Related to Heart Disease

Are Heart Symptoms Missed in Women? continued...

As many as 3 million American women may be at high risk for heart attacks without knowing it because they have microvascular disease, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health revealed last January.

"Before we can say for sure that someone's chest discomfort is noncardiac in nature, we need to do a thorough investigation," Goldberg says.

She is chief of women's cardiac care at Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital and the author of the book Women's Healthy Heart Program - Lifesaving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease. She is also a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association.

Goldberg stresses that because heart disease is often missed in women, pursuing a diagnosis is especially important.

"The danger in a study like this one is that women with chest pain may give up looking for a cause too quickly, and focus, instead, only on making the pain go away," she says.

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