Chest pain? How you describe your symptoms matters

Published: July, 2013

Why you need to know your heart risks, and respond quickly to the warning signs.

Plaque-clogged arteries that reduce blood flow to the heart can lead to temporary chest pain—a symptom known as angina. A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that women and men use different terms to describe the feeling of angina. While men tend to complain of "chest pain," women use words like "heaviness."

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