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Did You Know?: Women's Heart Attacks Are More Deadly

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Air date: December 21, 2008


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Did you Know? is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

It's true: women are less likely than men to survive a severe heart.

Thatís according to a study by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. They found that women are almost twice as likely as men to die from a serious heart attack.

Why? Itís partly because women tend to have massive heart attacks in their early seventies, while men's heart attacks occur most frequently in their mid-sixties. So the women are more frail and less able to recover from the trauma to the heart.

Another possibility is that womenís heart attacks are often treated with less urgency. Other studies have shown that heart disease, high blood pressure and related health issues are typically seen as male problems. Because thereís less focus on womenís heart health, they may be more at risk for serious heart disease.

Finally, heart attacks in women can produce deceptive symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, instead of chest pain. So women having a heart attack may not always receive prompt treatment.

And now you know.