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Heart Health

Updated 17 September 2013

Heart disease often misdiagnosed in women

When it comes to heart attacks, women have a greater risk of being misdiagnosed in the emergency department, as many do not experience chest pains.

Women with the heart condition known as acute coronary syndrome are less likely to have chest pain than men, which could raise their risk of misdiagnosis, a new study finds.

The researchers looked at about 1 000 patients, aged 55 and younger, who were hospitalised for acute coronary syndrome. The midpoint age of the patients was 49, and 30% were women.

Chest pain was reported by 80% of patients, but women were more likely than men to not have chest pain, 19% versus 13.7%.

 

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