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Health Insight May 2002: Heart attacks:  better to be a man

  Men admitted to intensive care units with heart attacks were significantly younger, less ill and had a lower hospital death rate than women, according to researchers who studied the histories of 45,687 patients in 91 units over three years. The results suggested that hospitalsí criteria for admission of patients to intensive care with blockage of the coronary artery were more stringent for women. It found no suggestion of gender differences in other conditions. The study, by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre, London involved hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

£14 million has been made available to equip every single front-line NHS ambulance in England with the latest technology, aimed at treating heart attack victims as quickly as possible.

Source: Guardian 15th May, Press release (DoH), BBC Online

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