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Inequalities in the health system cause unnecessary deaths
Recently reported on by the BBC, according to a new report by the British Heart Foundation, women who suffer a heart attack are dying unnecessarily because they fail to recognise their symptoms and receive poorer care than men.
Across a decade, over 8000 women in England and Wales died needlessly from a heart attack. Common myths that suggest heart attacks are only suffered by men cause women to act slowly when seeking medical help.
Overall the news is positive about the treatment of heart attacks – today 70% of people who suffer a heart attack will survive compared with 70% being fatal in the 1960s. It is clear, however, that work needs to be done to ensure women receive the same level of care as men so that survival rates after a heart attack can be high regardless of gender.