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Evidence grows that women are treated less aggressively for heart disease than men

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.878-e (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:878
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

Men in England who have a heart attack are almost twice as likely to have surgery as women with the same condition.

Men are twice as likely as women to have a myocardial infarction, and once they have a heart attack they are almost twice as likely to have surgery for it, according to research based on almost a decade of NHS data. Older people also face inequity.

“As women tend to present with coronary heart disease at older ages, this indicates that they may be the victims of a ‘double …

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