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Why Women Suffer a Greater Risk of Death Following a Heart Attack

by Savitha C Muppala on December 9, 2008 at 9:02 PM
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 Why Women Suffer a Greater Risk of Death Following a Heart Attack

Availability of aggressive life saving treatment for women who suffer severe heart attack is much less compared to men. This, gravely reduces the survival rate of such women, a study has shown.

Dr. Sharonne Hayes, director of the Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic, said, "The fact that nothing has changed over the years and that disparities in care persist should outrage all of us and cause a major change in attitude and clinical practice. We, in the medical profession set our own benchmarks and guidelines for care, and then are unable to follow our own rules and advice."

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Expressing the same sentiment, Dr. Marianne Legato, founder and director of the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons said, "I am very distressed to see that we're still not giving women equally aggressive treatment for acute heart attack as we are men,"

The study, which looked at 78000 patients totally, and 25000 severe heart attack cases found that women are less likely to receive timely treatment from heart attacks, which could save their lives.

Even though heart disease is a killer disease among women, yet they do not receive the same kind of treatment as men who suffer a heart attack.



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