More women die from heart attacks than men

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 30th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Women die from heart attacks more often than men. There are several factors which contribute to these findings


New data suggest that women are more likely to die from a heart attack than men. The clinical term for heart attack is myocardial infarction. This information was presented to the Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2012.

“The gender gap in mortality was independent of patient characteristics, revascularisation delays and revascularisation modalities. Women also had longer treatment delays, less aggressive treatment, more complications and longer hospital stays. The study was presented by Dr. Guillaume Leurent from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Rennes, France. ”The Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), hosted its first annual meeting this year. It was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Differences between women and men

Previous studies on heart attacks showed that women had a worse prognosis than men; probably occurring because of less aggressive treatments and longer management delays. The research on whether or not there is a difference between the treatment given to men and women for ST elevation and myocardial infarction has been going on since 2006.

The researchers collected data from these heart attack patients given in a 24 hours window after entering one of nine different cardiac units in Brittany, France. Their goal was to assess the management quality of heart attack care. The diagnosis had to be done by an emergency care physician who worked in the ambulance or emergency room of the hospitals, or by an “interventional cardiologist.” Patients were not included in the study if the diagnosis of heart attack was unknown or not given.

During the six year period of the study, there were 5,000 patients studied; 23.5 percent were females. The females were older than the men; women were on average 69 years old and men were on average 61 years old. The women were not currently smoking, but had higher blood pressure and dyslipidemia (abnormal amount of lipids such as cholesterol and/or fat in the blood).

Women need to recognize heart attack signs

The researchers observed a significant difference in patient care depending on gender. The women waited longer to call the ambulance, experienced longer waiting times for admission and longer reperfusion (tissue damage because of limited blood flow).” reperfusion strategies to restore blood flow are significantly less aggressive -- with less fibrinolysis, and fewer coronary angiographies performed" on women.

The women had more complications such atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) and longer hospital stays. Women had less post care treatment. There were more women (9%) who died in the hospitals than men (4%).

“Dr. Leurent said: "These results suggest that women need to be more vigilant about chest pains and request medical help quickly to reduce ischemic time." In addition,” Women may take longer to call an ambulance when they have chest pains because they don't believe it can be a myocardial infarction. Most women believe myocardial infarction is a male problem."

It is paramount that women call the ambulance when having chest pains and it is also important that doctors give the same treatment to women as they to for men.

Though this is a European study, could the same thing be happening in America?

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
30th Nov 2015 (#)

It is a sobering fact to know that women die from heart attacks at a higher rate then males.

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author avatar spirited
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Enlightening read Carol, I wonder if women are also catching up on the overall numbers of deaths caused by heart attacks too.

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author avatar brendamarie
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Carol, great article, I love your health article they are filled with so much good information.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

A good share Carol. Many people think that it's really a male problem - I wonder why? Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

It is a true fact Carol, but men can be a higher risk too!

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author avatar Carol Roach
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

hon, we know mean are at risk, but this article is an eye opener, because we did not know "New data suggest that women are more likely to die from a heart attack than men."

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