Gender gap persists in treatment of Canadians after heart attack

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:280
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    A Canadian woman's risk of dying within the first 30 days after a heart attack is 16% higher than a man's, and after a stroke it is 11% higher, even after taking into account age and other health conditions, the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation's annual report on Canadians' health said this week.

    The reasons for this are unclear, but compared with men, women are less likely to be treated by a specialist; less likely to be transferred to another facility for treatment; and …

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