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Cardiac Symptoms in Women and Men

Donna R. Zwas, MD1; Puja K. Mehta, MD2; C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD2
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1The Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute, The Heart Institute, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel
2The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center and the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Program, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(20):1928-1929. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9785.
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To the Editor In their Research Letter, Kreatsoulas et al1 describe the symptoms of stable patients referred to cardiac catheterization in the setting of at least 1 abnormal cardiac test result suggestive of coronary artery disease. In this study, both women and men referred for cardiac catheterization most often had “typical angina.” The authors,1 the Editor’s Note,2 and the subsequent headlines concluded that women and men do not have different symptoms of ischemic heart disease.

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November 11, 2013
Catherine Kreatsoulas, PhD; James L. Velianou, MD; Sonia S. Anand, MD, PhD
1Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2Interventional Cardiology, Hamilton Health Science, Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3Department of Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Chanchlani Research Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(20):1929-1930. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9758.
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