Heart Attack Symptoms Misdiagnosed in Women
the MPR take:
Women are less likely to receive swift care for acute coronary syndrome and are more likely receive an incorrect diagnosis, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. 1,123 patients were analyzed and women were less likely to receive care within benchmark times for electrocardiography (ECG) or fibrinolysis compared to men. Men were given ECGs within 15 minutes of ER arrival on average, compared to 21 minutes for women. Because women exhibited higher levels of anxiety, the authors speculate that this could contribute to their cardiac symptoms being dismissed.
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