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Women die more than men in hospital from severe heart attack
Dr KK Aggarwal | 19 Dec 2011

Winter months are heart attack months, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

WINTER MONTHS are heart attack months,said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

Men and women have about the same adjusted in-hospital death rate for heart attack — but women are more likely to die ifhospitalized for a more severe type of heart attack.

According to areport in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association:

1. Women are twice as likely as men to die if hospitalized for a type of heart attack known as ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

2. Women are also less likely to receive appropriate and timely treatment for heart attack.

3. Women with STEMI have a 12 percent higher relative risk for in-hospital death compared to men.

4. Compared to men, women are 14 percent less likely to receive early aspirin; 10 percent less likely to receive beta blockers; 25 percent less likely to receive reperfusion therapy (to restore blood flow); 22 percent less likely to receive reperfusion therapy within 30 minutes of hospital arrival; and 13 percent less likely to receive angioplasty within 90 minutes of hospital arrival.

Women admitted with a STEMI are about twice as likely to die inthe first 24 hours of hospitalization as men.