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Women more likely to die in hospital after heart attack

9:49 PM, Feb. 28, 2013
Cardiologist German Larrain, right, prepares to give an injection to a woman who had just suffered a heart attack. Larrain and his team were treating the woman Feb. 20 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Cardiologist German Larrain, right, prepares to give an injection to a woman who had just suffered a heart attack. Larrain and his team were treating the woman Feb. 20 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
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Women heart attack patients are more likely to die in the hospital than men because of delays in treatment and a lack of education about symptoms.

The study, reported in 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, included 1.4 million patients who experienced a heart attack from 1994 through 2006. Researchers found that 15 percent of women hospitalized with a heart attack died, compared with 10 percent of men.

Mary Seidlitz, a cardiologist at Marshfield Clinic Weston Center, said women tend to seek help for heart attacks much later than men because heart attacks present ...

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