A new study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information has found that although men experience more heart attacks, it is in women that they could prove to be fatal. The study also found that women are at an increased risk of dying from strokes as well.
'Now is the first time we know there's a difference. Now we have to go ask the question why might this be?' said Jennifer Zelmer, vice president of research and analysis for the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
The report titled Health Care in Canada 2006 found that women who were admitted to the hospital with a new heart attacks were 16 percent more likely to succumb to it than men. So also were women admitted with a stroke, where the risk was 11 percent.
'Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes, continues to be among the leading causes of death and emergency hospital admissions in Canada,' said CIHI President and CEO Glenda Yeates in a press release. 'It is encouraging to see that the odds of surviving a heart attack are improving. But looking across the country, death rates vary considerably from region to region, which suggests there is an opportunity for further improvement.'
The study added that patients with heart attacks and stroke were more likely to survive these days than before.