Gender and age differences in chief complaints of acute myocardial infarction (Worcester Heart Attack Study)

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Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Age Factors; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Angina Pectoris; Female; Humans; Male; Massachusetts; Middle Aged; Multivariate Analysis; Myocardial Infarction; Registries; Respiration Disorders; Retrospective Studies; Sex Factors


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We examined gender and age differences for chief symptom complaints in a population-based sample of 881 women (43%) and 1,192 men (57%) hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Women, in particular older women, were less likely than men to have a chief complaint of chest pain associated with AMI. Overall, a large proportion of women and men whose AMI was ultimately diagnosed did not present with chest pain as their chief complaint.

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Citation: Am J Cardiol. 2004 Mar 1;93(5):606-8. Link to article on publisher's site

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The American journal of cardiology

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