Gender bias in the evaluation of chest pain in the emergency department

Joan B. Lehmann, Paulette S. Wehner, Christoph U. Lehmann, Linda M. Savory

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To evaluate gender bias in the diagnostic and therapeutic approach of patients with new-onset nontraumatic chest pain in the emergency department, a retrospective chart review of 311 patients was conducted in a university- affiliated hospital emergency department. Despite similar age, symptoms, and risk factors, women received fewer electrocardiograms, and underwent less cardiac monitoring and lactic dehydrogenase isoenzyme and creatine kinase testing; women were statistically less likely to receive emergency cardiology consults, nitroglycerin, acetylsalicylic acid, heparin, and admission, indicating a less elaborate approach than in men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-644
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 15 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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