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

Am J Cardiol. 2004 Mar 1;93(5):606-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2003.11.028.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Angina Pectoris / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massachusetts
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Myocardial Infarction / complications*
  • Registries / statistics & numerical data
  • Respiration Disorders / etiology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Factors