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Study finds women more likely than men to die after heart attacks


A study published Monday in the journal Circulation has found that women are less likely than men to survive severe heart attacks.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles and other centers, analyzed treatment data from between 2001 and 2006 on more than 78,000 patients entering 420 hospitals.

The researchers found that women who suffered ST-elevation myocardial infarctions had a 12 percent greater chance of dying than men. They found no significant difference between men and women having other types of heart attacks. In addition, women were less likely to receive treatment in time.

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