Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Heart Health and the Female Patient

According to a recent French study, women are nearly twice as likely to die within a month of their heart attacks than men are. The study seems to show that once in the hospital women tend to receive fewer procedures like angiograms, which would help pinpoint the location of the blockage, and angioplasty, which would help open the blockage. So why aren't female cardiac patients being treated like their male counterparts? One reason may be that in many past heart studies the majority of patients have been men, meaning that women's cardiac issues were being slightly overlooked. This recent medical study, sponsored by Sanofi Aventis, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Novartis, analyzed data from nearly 3,500 heart attack patients who were treated between January 2006 and December 2007. A third of those patients were women.

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