- After a type of heart attack called a STEMI (the most severe type of heart attack, where the coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood are completely blocked), women were around a third less likely than men to receive a coronary angiogram—an invasive procedure that uses X-ray imaging to allow doctors to look for narrowing or blockages in the heart’s blood vessels—and subsequent treatment to open their blocked blood vessels and restore blood supply to the heart muscle.
- Following an NSTEMI heart attack (where the coronary arteries are severely narrowed but not completely blocked), women were 28 percent less likely than men to receive a coronary angiogram. They were also less likely to be prescribed preventative treatments that can help to prevent future heart attacks, such as statins, beta-blockers, or anti-platelets (which prevent blood clots).
- Older people (aged 75 and over) and women were less likely to receive a diagnosis of heart failure in primary care, and less likely to be prescribed treatments to slow the progression of their heart failure.
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