Sunday, January 25, 2009

Delays in getting women with heart trouble to ERs

From the New York Times article:
But 647 patients, about 11 percent, were delayed, spending 45 minutes or longer in the care of emergency workers.

Women were 52 percent more likely than men to be among the delayed, said Thomas W. Concannon, an assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University who was lead author of the study, published this month in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

It is not clear what caused the waits, he said, but other studies have suggested that heart problems in women are not recognized as readily by medical personnel.
Click here to access the NYT article. Click here to access the Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal article.

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