Moreover, most senior doctors may be on vacation during Xmas, further worsening the situation for the common man. Every effort should be taken to reduce the number of false positive or false negative diagnosis of heart attack.
In a study published in JAMA, Henry and co-authors studied the medical records of 1, 345 people treated for suspected heart attacks in a regional system between 2003 and 2006, looking at emergency room decisions. All patients had classical heart attack called STEMI, a heart attack characterized by a specific ECG pattern. About 14 % of heart attacks were over diagnosed.
Men and women have about the same adjusted in-hospital death rate for heart attack— but women are more likely to die if hospitalized for a more severe type of heart attack.