People who die worldwide due to cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke represent almost more than a quarter (30%) of the deaths happening in the country. Despite such high rates of death there are gender differences existing in treating patients with heart attack where women survivors face early death threats compared to their male counterparts. For more information on the gender bias experienced by female heart attack survivors please visit the website www.firsteatright.com. Physicians too find it rather difficult to diagnose symptoms of heart attack in women compared to men. All these together make women a terrible victim of cardiovascular diseases, especially heart attack.
Female Docs better than Males?
Research studies do insist on the fact that patients treated by female physicians are less likely to die than those treated by male physicians. Now, a new study has made use of this fact and the fact that doctors find it difficult to diagnose symptoms and has come up with its new discovery that female heart attack patients are likelier to survive when they are treated by female physicians compared to males. Another interesting discovery here is that male doctors who practice medicine with a greater number of female doctors or have treated a greater number of women patients are better at treating women heart attack patients and their success ratio too denotes the same.
The new study analyzed over 5,80,000 heart attack patients over 19 years between 1991 and 2010. After considering factors such as age, race and medical history the researchers found that patients (and the difference was enormously big in women) had a better chance of surviving a heart attack when they were treated by a female physician. Results showed that:
Still, the study has a number of limitations which exceeds the number of advantages. The study happened for a long period during which there could have been many improvements done. The reasons for siding onto female physicians are only a speculation and there is a need for yet another study to investigate reasons.
There are thousands of women who’ve been treated unfairly in the medical community when it comes to dealing with heart disease. This study shines light upon this and motivates people to address the issue immediately. Also, there is a dire need to engage any doctor to take care of a patient irrespective of the sex of the physician because every patient has a heart and every doctor is accountable for his/her patient’s well-being regardless of the gender.
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