"When Heart Attack Strikes, Women Often Hesitate To Call For Help" – Amy Norton
Women often delay calling for emergency help when heart attack symptoms start, a new study finds. Researchers in Switzerland found that women suffering a heart attack typically waited 37 minutes longer than men before calling an ambulance. And those delays showed no signs of improving over the 16-year study period. And while the findings come from Switzerland, a similar pattern has been seen in other countries too, according to Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, director of Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Steinbaum pointed to a recent research review finding that overall; women waited 30 percent longer than men to call for help. “That tells us this is a worldwide problem,” said Dr. Steinbaum. She noted that many women are simply used to putting their families first and their own health second.
— Suzanne R. Steinbaum, DO, Senior Faculty, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness, The Mount Sinai Hospital