Women twice as likely to die from a serious heart attack than men
STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) is a heart attack which shows up as an abnormality on the electrocardiogram (ECG). Like all heart attacks, a STEMI is life threatening if not treated promptly.
A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at data from 41 hospitals – almost 3,000 patients who had suffered a STEMI. The analysis showed that men received appropriate follow-up treatment. But most women did not.
Women who suffer heart attacks are under-treated. Post heart attack women were less likely to get – a coronary angiogram, preventative medication, or a referral for cardiac rehabilitation.
Six months post heart attack, women were twice as likely to die than men. Why? Women are less likely to believe they are at risk of dying from a heart attack. Doctors are less likely to be assertive in their follow-up.
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Last Reviewed: 30/07/2018
Khan E et al. Differences in management and outcomes for men and women with ST-elevation myocardial infarction. https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2018/209/3/differences-management-and-outcomes-men-and-women-st-elevation-myocardial? Med J Aust || doi: 10.5694/mja17.01109
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A heart attack (myocardial infarction) means the blood supply to part of the heart muscle has become blocked. Early treatment can reduce damage to the muscle.