Objectives The purpose of this study was to determine whether there are gender differences in anxiety in group of multi-nationality AMI patients.
Methods In this prospective, comparative study, 439 acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients were enrolled from Han nationality, H ui nationality, Man nationality, Meng nationality. Anxiety was assessed using the brief symptom inventory, within the first 72 hours of admission to the hospital for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients.
Results Women had higher anxiety levels than men [(0.76 ± 0.90) vs. (0.57 ± 0.70). P = 0.005] and this pattern of higher anxiety in women was seen in each nationality studied.
Conclusions Women have higher anxiety than men after AMI and this relationship is independent of age education level, or severity of AMI.