Study: Women more likely than men to die after heart attack

March 16, 2010 2:00:44 PM PDT
Women are twice as likely as men to die within a month of a heart attack, according to a new study presented at the American Academy of Cardiology meeting.

The study finds women were far less likely than men to get angiography to find vessel blockages or angioplasty to clear them.

"They receive less treatment because they are older for a big part. We didn't choose to care less we try to avoid complications," said Dr. Francois Schiele, University Hospital of Besancon, France.

Researchers say more needs to be done to reduce mortality in female patients by using more invasive procedures. Their conclusion: when it comes to matters of the heart women should be treated more like men.