Women are undertreated for STEMI

They are dying at twice the rate of men

Women admitted to hospital with ST-elevation MI (STEMI) are half as likely as men to get proper treatment and die at twice the rate of men six months after discharge.

These alarming new findings come from research led by the University of Sydney.

Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the study of 2898 patients (2183 men and 715 women) revealed that women admitted to 41 Australian hospitals with STEMI in the past decade were half as likely as men to receive appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment, and less likely to be referred for cardiac rehabilitation and prescribed preventive medications at discharge.

Six months after hospital discharge, death rates and serious adverse cardiovascular events among these women were more than double the rates seen in men.

While sex differences in the management and outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndromes,&nbsp