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1. In the journals: Delaying help for a heart attack could be especially deadly for women

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In the journals: Delaying help for a heart attack could be especially deadly for women

Publication info: Harvard Health Publications. Harvard Women's Health Watch (Jan 2013). ProQuest document link

Abstract: Women often delay getting medical help for heart attack symptoms and wait longer for treatment once they arrive at the hospital.

Full text: In the journals Delaying help for a heart attack could be especially deadly for women Women may not be keeping pace with men when it comes to getting treated for heart attack symptoms, and this delay could be life-threatening, French researchers reported in October at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress in Turkey. The study's authors looked at cases of a type of heart attack called STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) in 5,000 people over a six-year period. Nearly 1,200 of them were women. On average, women waited longer after their symptoms began to call for medical help (60 minutes vs. 44 minutes in men). They also faced a delay between hospital admission and reperfusion treatment to restore blood flow to their heart (45 minutes vs. 40 minutes in men). And treatments in women were generally less aggressive than they were in men. The researchers say these treatment discrepancies--which lengthen the period of diminished blood supply to the heart muscle (ischemia)--could contribute to the much higher heart attack death rate they found in women (9% vs. 4% in men). Although this study hasn't yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, it follows other research with similar findings. "Women may take longer to call an ambulance when they have chest pains because they don't believe it can be a myocardial infarction [heart attack]," lead author Dr. Guillaume Leurent, from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Rennes, France, said in a release. "These results suggest that women need to be more vigilant about chest pains and request medical help quickly to reduce ischemic time."

Subject: Heart attacks; Heart;

Publication title: Harvard Health Publications. Harvard Women's Health Watch

Publication year: 2013

Publication date: Jan 2013

Year: 2013

Publisher: Belvoir Media Group, LLC

Place of publication: Boston

Country of publication: United States

Publication subject: Medical Sciences--Obstetrics And Gynecology, Women'S Interests

ISSN: 1070910X

Source type: Magazines

Language of publication: English

Document type: Journal Article

ProQuest document ID: 1370745577

Copyright: Copyright © 2013 by Harvard University. All rights reserved. HHP/HMS content licensing handled by Belvoir Media Group.

Last updated: 2013-06-24

Database: ProQuest Medical Library

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