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Delaying help for a heart attack could be especially deadly for women

Women may not be keeping pace with men when it comes to getting treated for heart attack symptoms, and this delay could be life-threatening, French researchers reported in October at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress in Turkey.

The study's authors looked at cases of a type of heart attack called STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) in 5,000 people over a six-year period. Nearly 1,200 of them were women.

On average, women waited longer after their symptoms began to call for medical help (60 minutes vs. 44 minutes in men).

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