"In the U.S., Getting the Right Medicine after a Heart Attack may Depend on Where You Live"
Where heart attack survivors live in the U.S. may affect their chances of getting the best medication to prevent a second attack, a new study suggests. Researchers found that New Englanders were most likely to get the right therapy after a heart attack, while those in the central part of the country were least likely. Women overall were less likely than men to receive the appropriate medication after a heart attack, according to the report in JAMA Cardiology. The new findings make sense in light of earlier research showing that the same areas of the country with lower prescription rates for high-intensity statins are also the ones with the highest heart disease death rates, said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Steinbaum was also concerned that women still aren’t getting the same treatment after a heart attack as men. “Sadly, it’s not surprising,” she said. “But it’s never not upsetting. The guidelines are very clear. We need to be treating everyone equally.”
— 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