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Identifying and managing chest pain in women

Wyant, Andrew R., MD; Collett, DeShana, PhD, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: January 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 48–52
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000458859.76773.2c
Review Article

ABSTRACT Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in women in the United States. Sex disparities remain despite research highlighting the unique aspects of managing women with ischemic heart disease. Increased mortality in women may be related to the critical differences in the clinical presentation of ischemic heart disease between the sexes. Sex-related differences in the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease also influence diagnostic testing and management. This article reviews the differences in diagnosis and management between men and women with ischemic heart disease.

Andrew R. Wyant is an assistant professor and DeShana Collett is a didactic and clinical faculty instructor in the PA program at the University of Kentucky's College of Health Sciences. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

© 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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