Women must have equal heart attack care to men - Brake

A British Heart Foundation report shows that 8,000 women die each year as a result of unequal heart attack care.

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Heart attack symptoms in women can differ from those seen in men, and it is a failure to recognise these symptoms that can lead to unnecessary deaths

Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:

"It is time to stop considering heart attacks a male-only problem. The failure to recognise the widespread nature of this medical emergency and misdiagnosis of its symptoms have contributed to the tragic deaths of women throughout the UK.”

"We must work for a greater understanding of the symptoms of heart attacks in women so that those affected can seek help quickly, and those treating them can provide optimal care."

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly said:

"Sadly this is not new information. For years we have known that women are not receiving the same care for heart attacks as men, now we know to what extent.

"There needs to be more understanding that heart attacks present differently in women than in men.

"The Liberal Democrats demand better. The Government must launch a campaign to ensure people understand the heart attack risk both men and women face. Also those who use defibrillators must be trained to recognise the symptoms that are unique to women."

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