The heart attack gender gap
Heart attacks strike men at younger ages than women. But survival rates are worse in women. Why?
Compared with men, women are less likely to recognize and act upon the symptoms of a heart attack.
Imagine someone in the throes of a heart attack. If you picture a man clutching his chest in agony, that's understandable. At younger ages, men face a greater risk of heart disease than women. On average, a first heart attack—the most common manifestation of this prevalent disease—strikes men at age 65. For women, the average age of a first heart attack is 72.