Raising Women’s Voices

Women less likely to get proper care for heart attacks

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on December 10, 2008

A recent study from Baylor College of Medicine shows a visible gender gap in the treatment of heart attacks, in terms of “Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate and timely treatment after being hospitalized for a heart attack and more likely to die if it’s severe.” As a result, women are twice more likely to die from massive heart attacks than men are.  One of the reasons why men receive better healthcare services than women for heart attacks could be related to the stereotypical belief of heart attack as exclusively a man’s issue.  In addition, women’s heart attack symptoms are different from men’s in a less obvious heart related way, for example nausea and vomiting. Encouraging further studies on the causes for this gender inequality, Dr. Hani Jneid, a Baylor professor of cardiovascular medicine and the study’s lead author, demands “I would have expected the gap to have closed by now. We need to do better.”


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