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Gender Differences in Heart Attack Symptoms May be Overemphasized

Previous studies have found that there may be gender differences in heart attack symptoms; however, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that too much emphasis may be being placed on these gender differences, The New York Times’ Well blog reports. The study examined 2475 patients admitted to the ER, both men and women, and asked them to describe their pain using a list of 34 characteristics including severity and location of pain, duration of pain, and how the pain felt. Researchers found that 92% of patients felt chest pain before their heart attack and that there was no sex difference in this statistic. In fact, “there were gender differences in only three of the 34 characteristics.” Specialists report that gender differences may not be important in the emergency room and that women’s chest pain should not be discounted.

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.