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Invited Commentary
February 2014

Chest Pain in Acute Myocardial Infarction: Are Men From Mars and Women From Venus?

Author Affiliations
  • 1McGill University Health Center Research Institute, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2Division of General Internal Medicine, McGill University Health Center, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • 3Division of Clinical Epidemiology, McGill University Health Center, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(2):249. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.12097

In 1995, John Gray published a book entitled Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.1 The premise of this book was that men and women have fundamental psychological differences that make them experience the world and respond to situations in widely distinct ways. Could the same be true when it comes to chest pain in acute myocardial infarction (AMI)? Dissention remains in the medical literature, in the minds of the clinicians, and in the public at large as to whether men and women have fundamentally different presentations of AMI.