Report finds gender disparities for heart patients

May 3, 2011 2:48:32 PM PDT
A report by HealthGrades, a private company that rates healthcare, finds big differences in the treatment given to male and female heart patients.

According to the report, only 33.5 percent of female heart attack patients got lifesaving surgical interventions. That compares with more than 45.5 percent of males.

Researchers also found that women who did have heart surgery or angioplasty had a 30 percent higher death rate compared to men.

Despite the disparities, the report did find some hospitals are working to even out the differences between men and women's heart treatments.