Women: You're More Likely to Survive a Heart Attack With a Female Doctor

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Gender inequality can raise your risk of dying from a heart attack: Female heart attack patients are less likely to survive if they are treated by a male physician.

That’s the conclusion of a study by researchers at Harvard Business School in Boston, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and Washington University in St. Louis. The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), involved data on more than 500,000 heart attack patients admitted to hospital emergency departments in Florida between 1991 and 2010.

According to the researchers, female patients treated in the ER by male doctors were more likely to die than patients of either gender treated by female doctors or male patients treated by male physicians. They also found that female heart attack survival rates went up when women were treated by male physicians in an ER where there was a higher percentage of female doctors, and when women were seen by male doctors who had previously treated more female heart attack patients.

Sourced from: PNAS