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Age, not disparity in care, determines a woman's risk of death after heart attack

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While women are typically referred for artery re-opening procedures less often than men after a heart attack, this disparity in care doesn't appear to be the main reason for women's higher rate of death after a heart attack, according to a team of French researchers. Instead, they suggest that a woman's age at the time of her heart attack is the key factor determining her chance of survival.

It's generally accepted that women who have a heart attack are more likely to die than their male counterparts. The reasons given for this difference have been that women are typically older than men when they have heart attacks, they more frequently have other medical conditions in addition to heart disease, and they are less likely to be treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)