Fewer Women Than Men Know Heart Attack Risks
Two new studies suggest that women are less aware of the risk factors of a heart attack and are also less likely to undergo essential procedures following a severe heart attack.
The first study revealed that only half of those who had suffered a heart attack up to age 55 were told they were at risk before having one - even those who reported common risk factors including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. Compared to men, women were 11 percent less likely to be told they were at risk and had 16 percent lower odds of being told how to reduce their risk.
The second study focused on 60 patients who had been hospitalized for the deadliest type of heart attack, one caused by a complete blockage of blood to the heart. This study revealed that despite more patients undergoing bypass surgeries, women were 20 to 39 percent less likely to undergo bypass interventions compared to men, and had 4.5 percent increased odds of death in the hospital compared to men.
These findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, reveal that even with increased educational awareness, heart attacks are still considered a “man’s disease.” The study further highlights the importance of increasing awareness of middle-aged women’s cardiovascular health risks.