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Women with heart attack symptoms don’t get care as quickly

A study has found after calling 911, women weren’t taken to hospital as quickly as men


 

Heart disease is the number-one killer of women yet a study published in today’s issue of “Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes” has found that after emergency medical services arrived, it took an average of 2.3 minutes longer to get women to the hospital than men. While the researchers at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center in Boston aren’t sure exactly why this is the case, the gender differences in initial heart-attack symptoms could be the reason.  The range of symptoms women have is wider than men and atypical, including back pain, jaw pain, nausea, profuse sweating and vomiting. As a result of these differences, many women may not recognize a heart attack when they are having one. 

The Washington Post


 
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