Report Addresses Heart Disease & Women - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/8/08

Report Addresses Heart Disease & Women

There is alarming information about women and heart attacks from a new report in the American Heart Association Journal. If a woman goes to the hospital for a severe heart attack her chance of surviving is just half as good as if she were a man. Why? The report says that women, on average, are not getting aspirin early, beta blockers, or other potentially lifesaving procedures (such as angioplasty) within the first few hours of getting to the hospital.

The study's author, Dr. Hani Jneid, says, "I would urge physicians and health care providers to treat women aggressively, the same way they treat men, faster treatments and aggressive treatments".

Dr. Hani's research team studied about 80,000 heart attack patients before concluding that some common treatments are often delayed or not even used in women.

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