Women Heart Patients Wait Longer Than Men for Treatment

By: Dr. Timothy Johnson
By: Dr. Timothy Johnson

When women call 9-1-1 with heart symptoms, it takes them longer to get
treatment than it does for men.

A new study found that women were 50% more likely to experience
delays in getting care for their heart problems.

Find out what you should and shouldn't say to emergency medical staff to get the fastest treatment possible.

Treatment for heart disease has improved dramatically over the last two
decades, but men have consistently benefited more than women.

New research finds that women are more likely to experience treatment
delays when they call 9-1-1 complaining of heart symptoms.

Doctors from Tufts Medical Center examined the results from more than 6,000 emergency calls and determined that 1 in 10 people had delays of 15 minutes or more in receiving full care.

Women were 52% more likely to be delayed.

Emergency teams responded equally quickly for men and women, but women's care broke down from there.

Researchers say emergency workers often don't recognize women's symptoms as heart problems - including shortness of breath, nausea, or tightness in the chest.

But female patients can contribute to the delays by downplaying their
discomfort and insisting they don't need hospital treatment.

Experts recommend women with sudden heart problems be specific regarding their symptoms emphasize that they are out of the ordinary and insist on a full medical work up as soon as possible.


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