Two women die every day & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; to a heart attack because doctors think it's a & # 39; man's disease & # 39; and they get worse treatment, experts warn
- British Heart Foundation says that 8,243 women in England and Wales died in 10 years
- The equivalent of 69 preventable deaths per month or two every day
- Women are treated more slowly, receive no scans or are discharged from the hospital
At least two women die every day & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; a heart attack because men get better medical care, experts warn.
A report from the British Heart Foundation today reveals grim differences in how the genders are cared for because of the wrong belief that heart attacks are a & # 39; human disease & # 39; to be.
The BHF found that women are being treated more slowly, are less likely to receive life-saving scans and tests, and even when they are released from the hospital, many do not receive essential medication or access to rehabilitation programs.
The charity researchers estimate that 8,243 women died in England and Wales over a ten-year period – the equivalent of 69 a month, or more than two a day – who would have survived if they had received the same care as men.
At least two women die & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; a heart attack every day because men receive better medical care, the British Heart Foundation has warned. File image used
While men are more likely to have a heart attack, with 132,000 registered each year, women suffer 73,000 – nearly 20,000 more than those diagnosed with breast cancer.
Dr. Sonya Babu-Narayan, advisor cardiologist and associate medical director at BHF, said: & # 39; Heart attacks have never been treated so well. Y
& Women die unnecessarily because heart attacks are often seen when a man's disease and women do not receive the same treatment as men. & # 39;
The report reveals that when women get a heart attack, they often postpone seeking help – it takes a maximum of seven hours and 12 minutes to arrive in the hospital, compared to three hours and 30 minutes for men.
Moreover, doctors miss their symptoms much more often. A woman is 50 percent more likely to get an incorrect diagnosis initially than a man.
Even if they are correctly diagnosed, women often do not receive the best treatment.
They are 2.7 percent less likely to get statins and 7.4 percent less likely to get beta blockers when leaving the hospital, despite their proven benefit of lowering the risk of a subsequent heart attack or stroke.
The BHF report – called Bias And Biology – concludes that there is a large gender gap in the center of cardiovascular care.
Dr. Babu-Narayan said the findings point to a & # 39; deep-rooted issue that manifests itself in a series of unconscious prejudices & # 39 ;, and added: & The studies in this briefing have revealed inequalities at every stage of the medical journey of a woman.
& # 39; The assumption that women are not at risk for a heart attack is false and has proved fatal. & # 39;
& # 39; Doctors just told me I had asthma & # 39;
Simone Telford was told for years that her shortness of breath was due to asthma
Simone Telford was told for years that her shortness of breath was due to asthma. But then, just 42 years old, her worried sister took her to A&E.
She said: & # 39; I was in the hospital and they had just done an ECG scan [checking the rhythm of the heart], and I said, almost as a joke, & # 39; I haven't had a heart attack, have I? & # 39; They just looked at me and said, "Yes, a very big heart attack." & # 39;
Miss Telford, an IT analyst from Cheshire, who visited her sister in Australia three years ago, immediately had to undergo heart bypass surgery.
& # 39; There were a total of six critical blocks & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; I felt that the doctors were looking at me as if they were saying that we don't know how you are still here.
& # 39; The doctors said that I have probably had angina for a few years and it has not been picked up because you are a woman because you are young. It has not even been looked at at all. & # 39;
The 46-year-old said: & I really want to emphasize that heart attack symptoms are not always what you think. Just have it checked. & # 39;
The report warns that risk factors for heart disease are often more deadly for women. For example, smoking increases the risk of heart attack in women to twice as much as in men; high blood pressure increases the risk of women 80 percent more; and type 2 diabetes increases the risk of women 50 percent more.
Dr. Ghada Mikhail, an interventional cardiologist consultant at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, said: “Men are much more aware of the possibility of heart disease.
& # 39; If men develop chest pain symptoms, chances are they will call an ambulance and seek medical help. There is still the misconception that heart disease is a man's disease. & # 39;
Professor Chris Gale, a consultant cardiologist at the University of Leeds, who has published several studies on women's heart care, said: & # 39; The differences in care are very small in themselves, but if we look at this in the population of the UK, it means a significant loss of human life.
& # 39; We need to understand more why this happens and how health systems make it more likely. & # 39;
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