Created: September 30, 2021 04:19 PM
Each year, about one million women worldwide suffer a serious type of heart attack caused by a blockage. Women, in comparison to men, often have lower survival rates and lower quality of life after these events.
Now, a Cleveland Clinic study shows this trend can be reversed when healthcare providers follow a standardized care plan.
Five-year data shows heart attack outcomes improved, reducing deaths by more than 50% and eliminating gender disparities.
"The differences in terms of mortality, or survival, along with serious complications dropped dramatically in women, to the point where they are very similar to men --something that's never been reported before," said Dr. Umesh Khot, with Cleveland Clinic.
The plan included specific criteria for getting patients to the cardiac cath lab quickly, a checklist for care, as well as a procedural change to deliver care to the heart more efficiently.
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