More Women Than Men Die of Heart Attacks in Hospitals

In this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) the results of an important study were released.

The study which looked at data from more than 1 million patients found that females having heart attacks have a higher in hospital death rate than males having heart attacks.

Specifically, the study found that 14.6 percent of women who seek hospital treatment for heart attacks die while in the hospital compared to 10.3 percent of men.

One reason for the discrepancy may be that more women present without the classic symptom of chest pain. The absence of chest pain may result in less aggressive treatment in the hospital.

Women, and the men who love them, should be aware of classic female heart attack symptoms and insist on prompt testing and treatment if a heart
attack may be occurring.