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Heart Attacks - Gender

Here's some good news for women. It has long been believed that women are much more likely to die after a heart attack than men, but The New England Journal of Medicine has a new study which is more optimistic.

In this study, 36,000 men and women were followed carefully after a heart attack.

Overall, the women did have a higher mortality, B...U...T..., they were also significantly older.

After appropriate adjustment for age and other factors, the difference was much smaller, although slightly in favor of the men.

The authors concluded that there was only a small association between death after heart attack and a person's gender.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.






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