Women with Chest Pain Get Less Care Than Men

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2009-05-17 10:18

Researchers are not entirely sure why women with chest pain are not getting the same recommended care as men, but a new study suggests there are disparities. Men traditionally receive aspirin and nitroglycerin en route to the hospital. A review of statistics shows that women with the same symptoms of chest pain are getting less care compared to men.

The findings have widespread implications for women with chest pain who may be experiencing heart attack. Women present with different symptoms than men during heart attack, a factor that may be contributing to the findings that EMS personnel treat women with chest pain differently.

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The findings come from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. Zachary Mesiel, MD, MPH, an emergency physician and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Penn says, "Women with heart attacks have higher death rates than men, so these findings are very concerning, and it's important for us to try to figure out why this is happening.” Dr. Mesiel says EMS personnel should provide the same care to all patients with chest pain, yet fewer women are treated the same as men.

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