A recent study focused on heart attack care and the gap between the treatment women and men receive. Researchers observed and claim that fewer women might have died if they had received the same treatment and attention as men.
As part of their research, the team monitored the outcome of 180,368 cases from Sweden. All of these patients had suffered a heart attack sometime in the last ten years.
The Astounding Differences in Heart Attack Care
Researchers observed that women had a three times higher risk of developing heart attacks compared to men. However, the British Heart Foundation mentioned that, in general, males are more likely to have a heart attack. Also, despite this, females are more likely to die from heart diseases.
Karolinska Institute and the University of Leeds researchers are behind this latest study. To conduct their research, they used data from an online cardiac registry in Sweden.
The team noted that women were less likely to receive the necessary heart attack care, at least when compared to the one offered to men. This is meant to lower their risk of death after a heart attack.
A co-author of the study, Chris Gale, mentioned that there is a common misconception about heart attack patients. Most people expect to see an overweight man in his 40s who also smokes and has diabetes. He continued by adding that this is not correct as anyone can suffer such an accident, including non-smokers, or young people.
The study shows that there are gender differences when it comes to the heart attack care. Women, for instance, were 34 percent less likely to undergo a bypass surgery compared to men. Also, they were 24% less likely to receive statin medication.
A standard treatment with statins might help prevent another heart attack. As it is, medical guidelines recommend all of these procedures for both genders. Researchers observed that, when women received these standard heart attack care as well, the gap in mortality between males and females decreased.
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