A European study published in JAMA Internal Medicine may influence how Virginians suffering from chest pains are assessed at their local emergency room. The study found that chest pain symptoms in men and women tend to be similar at the beginning of a heart attack. While women may present themselves with different symptoms of heart attack, also called acute myocardial infarction, when it comes to chest pain the symptoms between the sexes are not that dissimilar.
Researchers found that chest pain was not a useful sign in diagnosing female heart attack as women with other ailments also complained of chest pain. Eighteen percent of women surveyed and 22 percent of men with chest pain had actually had a heart attack. A doctor from Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital commented on the need for such gender-specific research. She cited a lack of it and said women's chest pain was not taken as seriously as it should be.