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Format: 04/16/2014
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KDKA-TV: Study: Women More Likely To Die After Heart Attack

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

After a heart attack, who is more likely to die?

Some say men.

"Probably because they don't take care of themselves as much as they should," guesses one man walking downtown.

Some say women.

"Men usually know the signs so they're more likely to go see a doctor," says a woman downtown.

"Doctors don't give them the proper medical attention that they give men when they come in with the symptoms," says a man.

A French study being presented at a national meeting of heart doctors looked at more than 3,000 heart attack patients. Women were twice as likely to die during their hospital stay and within a month of having a heart attack.

"It may be that the women are simply older at the time they present with heart attacks and therefore are more likely to have complications," says Dr. Leonard Gehl, a cardiologist at St. Clair Hospital.

"Some of it could be because women present later, and we know that happens very often, because women ignore their symptoms, or think it's something else, and therefore do not come in time to receive optimal treatment," explains Dr. Indu Poornima, a cardiologist at Allegheny General Hospital.

The researchers also compared treatment. When women get the same treatment as men for their heart attacks, the death rates are no different.

To read more, visit the KDKA website.

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