Women Less Likely to Take Meds After Heart Attacks

Women are less likely than men to take necessary medications after a heart attack to prevent repeat events, according to a Canadian study.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 12,000 patients who survived for at least a year after a heart attack between 2007 and 2009. They found that while both men and women adhered to taking cholesterol and blood pressure lowering prescription medication, women were less likely than men to start taking all of the drugs recommended for heart attack survivors.

Some reasons for this may be that doctors might not have prescribed the drugs to women or women may not have filled the prescriptions. A more aggressive approach for women might be a solution for this gap. While this gap existed across age range, the gap was much more distinctive among younger patients.

Once all necessary prescriptions were filled, sticking to the medications was similar for both men and women one year after hospital departure. While more than two thirds of heart attack survivors stuck with appropriate medication within two months of leaving the hospital, over the next year, only one third of patients filled appropriate prescriptions at least 80 percent of the time.

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Sourced from: Reuters, Women less likely to be taking post-heart attack meds