Study: Women Hospitalized for Heart Attack More Likely to Die

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new study finds that women who suffer a massive heart attack are more likely to die than men.

When under a hospital's care, the study says the women survive heart attacks about as well as men. But it finds a gender gap when women have the most serious type of heart attack.

It also say women get less of the recommended medicines and procedures than men, or end up waiting longer to get them. The study's lead author says: "We're doing better but not good enough for women."

One cardiologist who specializes in women's care says the study suggests that women's heart attack symptoms still are not being taken seriously. She says some women don't have typical symptoms like chest pains, but may have pain lower in their bodies or severe shortness of breath.

The research was funded by the American Heart Association and the findings are reported in the group's medical journal, Circulation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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