MythBuster: Women more likely than men to die from a Heart Attack

Men die from a heart attack more frequently than women, according to a joke, since they don’t gossip and aren’t enraged by everyone else. Finally,¬†research¬†shows that women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack since they, like men, do not frequently get life-saving cardiogenic shock treatment.

What is Cardiogenic Shock Therapy?

It is a life-threatening condition wherein the heart stops pumping enough blood to deliver enough oxygen to the body’s organs. A major heart attack is frequently the cause. The shock is believed to afflict up to 10% of people who have a heart attack that damages a big region of the heart. Cardiogenic shock kills 50% of the victims.

What did the research reveal?

  • The research comprised a total of 1,716 heart attack patients with cardiogenic shock, with 438 (26%) of them being women.
  • Women were 71 years old on average, while men were 66 years old. Except for hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which were more frequent in women, all had similar features.
  • Women were much more likely than men to be admitted to a local hospital at the outset (41% vs 30%), and men arrived with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (25% women vs 48% men).
  • When it came to clinical measures including blood pressure, heart rate, plasma lactate, and left ventricular ejection fraction, women and men had similar results.
  • In terms of treatments, women received significantly fewer mechanical circulatory support (19% vs 26% in men), minimally invasive or surgical procedures to restore blood flow to blocked arteries (83% vs 88% in men), and mechanical ventilation (83% vs 88% in men) (67% women vs 82% men).
  • In both the short and long term, women had a much lower chance of a heart attack survival than men.
  • Shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, coughing, weariness, and discomfort in the back, jaw, or neck are all non-specific symptoms that women with acute cardiac issues are more likely to experience than men. This might be one reason why, in our study, more women than men were admitted to a community hospital rather than a specialised hospital.

Some Informative Facts:

  • Men and women over the age of 45 and 55 are more likely than younger men and women to suffer a heart attack.
  • The hearts and arteries of women are smaller than those of men. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are three sex hormones that contribute to the differential. Male hormones widen arteries, whereas female hormones shrink them.
  • The most common cause of heart attack is coronary artery disease (CAD). A strong spasm, or abrupt contraction, of a coronary artery, which can block blood flow to the heart muscle, is a less common reason.
  • People who appear to be in good health are “suddenly” experiencing heart attacks because their arteries aren’t entirely healthy and they aren’t aware of it. These damaged arteries would have been diagnosed and heart attacks avoided if the correct noninvasive testing had been used.
  • Genetics, Age, and Gender are the three uncontrolled risk factors for a heart attack (women get heart attacks after they go through menopause).
  • On Monday, your chances of suffering a heart attack are greater than on any other day of the week.
  • Women may experience pain more acutely than men due to their higher nerve density.

Look for warning signals, and don’t dismiss even the tiniest wheezing. Your ignorance might result in additional pain for you and your family, whether it’s emotionally or financially. Heart Attack is a serious problem, “Do your part, care for your heart”.

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