Speed of heart treatment different for women, study says

January 13, 2009 2:31:07 PM PST
A new study finds women are more likely to experience treatment delays when they call 9-1-1 complaining of heart symptoms. Doctors from Tufts Medical Center examined the results from more than 6,000 emergency calls. ER teams responded equally quick for men and women, but according to the report, the women's care broke down from there.

The problem may be that emergency workers don't recognize women's symptoms as heart symptoms. They include: shortness of breath, nausea or tightness in the chest.

Experts recommend women be specific regarding symptoms, and emphasize they are out of the ordinary, and insist on a full medical work up as soon as possible.