BBC: Inequalities in heart attack care 'costing women's lives'

30 September, 2019

Extract below. Full text here: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-49854678

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Women who suffer heart attacks are dying needlessly because they fail to recognise their symptoms and receive poorer care than men, says a British Heart Foundation report.

Over 10 years, more than 8,000 women in England and Wales died unnecessarily after a heart attack, it found.

Experts say there are inequalities in diagnosis, treatment and aftercare.

"Unconscious biases are limiting the survival chances of women," the report warns.

It found that some commonly held myths - such as heart disease and heart attacks only affecting men - meant women were unaware of their risk, and slow to seek medical help.

There is also a misperception that men and women experience completely different heart attack symptoms, but studies suggest that although symptoms can vary from person to person, chest pain is the most common symptom in both men and women...

"Studies across the globe have also revealed gender gaps in treatment, suggesting this is a deeply entrenched and complex issue."

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