Today's Date: June 16, 2021
BNC Appoints Proven Newsroom Leader And Media Executive Vickie Burns SVP Of Content   •   Celebrate Great Dads This Father’s Day with Amazing Gifts from Macy’s   •   UCI Health and CHOC open one of the first fetal care centers in So. Cal   •   Huntington University Signs Three Educational Partnership Agreements at Inaugural Peruvian Canadian Institute Summit   •   Amazon Studios Releases Inclusion Policy and Playbook to Strengthen Ongoing Commitment to Diverse and Equitable Representation   •   Bank of America Announces $4.2 Million Commitment to Expand Tech Career Opportunities for Students of Color Through Innovative P   •   FXAIR Launches “Hamptons 10-Pack,” Guaranteed Premium Helicopter Access From New York City to The Hamptons This Summ   •   Women of Commonwealth Initiative Emphasizes Commitment to Inclusion and Community   •   Announcing June 29 Premiere of the Inaugural 'A Celebration of Black Music: Music is the Window to Our Souls,' Sponsored by Ande   •   Leonardo DRS Announces Support of Homes For Our Troops   •   Experts confirm extremely low levels of fluoride reduce IQ, according to the Fluoride Action Network   •   Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole Announced as Keynote Speaker for South Florida Institute on Aging’s 5th Annual Symposium   •   Hilton Solves Longtime Travel Frustration by Introducing Confirmed Connecting Rooms   •   Sentry Becomes Official Title Sponsor Of Wisconsin State Women's Open, Deepens Commitment To Women's Golf   •   US Navy Veterans Lung Cancer Advocate Appeals the Family of a Navy Veteran with Recently Diagnosed Lung Cancer to Call Attorney   •   Tampax Launches Flow It Forward Scholarship Program With UNCF to Support HBCU Students Pursuing Healthcare Careers   •   The Executive Leadership Council Announces "Build, Grow, Protect!" a $6M Philanthropic Investment in Sustainable Strategies To A   •   The American Legion demands the U.S. government act now to extract Afghan interpreters before Sept. 11 troop withdrawal deadline   •   Progressive Grocer Reveals Record-Setting 2021 Class of Top Women in Grocery   •   ADM Endeavors, Inc. (OTCQB: ADMQ) Helps with Hockey World Record Through Sponsorship
Bookmark and Share

Young Women with Chest Pain Wait Longer and Receive Less Urgent Care Than Men

Young Women with Chest Pain Wait Longer and Receive Less Urgent Care Than Men

Study Finds Women with Heart Attack Symptoms Wait Longer for Care in Emergency Departments

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Young women arriving to the emergency department with chest pain waited longer to be seen by a clinician, were less likely be triaged as emergent, and less likely to receive cardiac testing compared to young men with the same symptoms, according to new findings presented today at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Sessions.

Led by researchers and clinicians at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the findings revealed that women pay a "pink tax" when compared to men of the same age with chest pain, a common symptom of heart attack. For the study, researchers reviewed data collected by the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey between the years 2014 and 2018, representing more than 29 million emergency department visits. All patients included in the analysis were young adults, ages 18 to 55, who presented to an emergency department with chest pain.

"Our findings add to the growing body of evidence that women are treated differently when experiencing symptoms that could be related to heart attack," says Darcy Banco, MD, an internal medicine resident at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the lead author of the study. "We encourage women to seek medical attention whenever they experience chest pain or discomfort, and to ask specific questions of their doctor, such as 'Am I having a heart attack?' Healthcare providers should always consider heart attack as a potential explanation of chest pain, particularly in light of the changing heart attack population."

The study found young women were equally likely to arrive to the emergency department by ambulance as men. Women in the study waited and average of 45 minutes to be evaluated by a provider while men were seen on average within 37 minutes. After adjustment for other factors, women waited 10 minutes longer to be seen. In addition, women were significantly less likely than men to be triaged as an emergent case, receive an electrocardiogram, receive cardiac monitoring, or be seen by a specialist such as a cardiologist in the emergency department. Finally, researchers found that young women were less likely to be admitted to the hospital or to an observation unit than young men, even though all patients in the study had chest pain.

During a heart attack, oxygen-rich blood does not flow to a portion of the heart muscle, causing damage. When the muscle is damaged, it cannot efficiently pump blood thorough the body, leading to heart failure and even death. For this reason, physicians urge anyone with any symptoms that could be from a heart attack to seek medical care immediately. These symptoms can include pain, pressure, or tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, sweating, lightheadedness, and fatigue. If caught and treated, early damage from a heart attack can be limited and even stopped. Timing of medical intervention is critical for the best outcomes. People who receive care within minutes have a greater chance of making a full recovery.

"Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death for women in the United States, and heart attacks are increasing over time in younger women," said Harmony R. Reynolds, MD, director of the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women's Cardiovascular Research at NYU Langone Health, and the study senior author. "It's important for medical personnel to keep in mind that the traditional presentation of the disease is changing, and that not every patient gives the 'classic' description of symptoms. Timely treatment of heart attack is key to recovery at all ages."

The researchers were not able to determine why women with chest pain were treated differently than men. Further research is needed.

In addition to Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Banco, other NYU Langone researchers involved with the study are Jerway Chang, MD; Nina Talmor, MD; Xinlin Lu, MS; and Priya Wadhera, MD.

Dr. Banco will present the study, "Sex Differences in Evaluation and Management of Young Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department with Chest Pain," on Saturday, May 15 at 10:45AM during Session 2238—Ischemic Heart Disease: Popular Science. 

Media Inquiries

Rob Magyar

Phone: 212-404-3591

robert.magyar@nyulangone.org

Cision View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/young-women-with-chest-pain-wait-longer-and-receive-less-urgent-care-than-men-301292032.html

SOURCE NYU Langone Health



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News