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Ageism adds to UK female heart attack deaths-study LONDON Nov 15 Reuters - More women than men die from heart attacks and ageism and insufficient treatment could be the reasons why British doctors said on Wednesday Women who have heart attacks tend to be older than their male counterparts and are less likely to be treated with aspirin and other drugs than men It is not clear whether under-treating in the elderly results from implicit rationing decisions prejudice or ignorance said Dr Barbara Hanratty of the University of Liverpool On the basis of ethics and clinical knowledge age should not be used as a determining factor in treatment decisions yet this continues to be the case she added in a study published in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Hanratty and her colleagues studied the records of more than 2000 people admitted to hospitals in northern England with heart attacks over a three-month period in 1995 Although fewer women who had heart attacks were smokers or had a history of heart disease known risk factors they were almost 80 percent more likely to die after an attack than men In addition to receiving fewer drugs than the men the researchers said the women were less likely to have exercise testing or other treatments for their condition The greater age of women admitted to Yorkshire hospitals seemed to account for the disparities in treatment the researchers said adding that ageism in cardiology is particularly well known Patients admitted to hospitalshould be offered optimal treatment irrespective of age or sex they said 1029 11-14-00 Copyright 2000 Reuters Limited All rights reserved Republication or redistribution of Reuters content including by framing or similar means is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the
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