Research Shows Health Disparities Among Men, Women Who Suffer Heart Attacks

A new study published recently in the American Journal of Medicine found there was significantly lower quality of care and worse outcomes in women compared to men who suffered heart attacks.


For the study, researchers in the Cardiac and Vascular Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center analyzed more than 30,000 patients enrolled in the American Heart Association's "Get With the Guidelines-Coronary Artery Disease" registry.

Their analysis showed women under age 45 were the least likely to receive all six quality of care measures studied in the analysis, including receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers at discharge, lipid lowering therapy, having a blood pressure of less than 140/90 mm Hg at discharge and receiving stents.

Researchers suggested symptoms of heart attack in younger females may be overlooked or attributed to other causes.

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