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Nurse Wellness: Women Twice as Likely to Die from Heart Attack.

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 23rd, 2016

Nurse wellness is on our minds as studies show that women are nearly twice as likely as men to die from the most dangerous type of heart attack.

Although death rates have fallen, there are still significant survival differences after a ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to Yale University investigators.

nurse wellness: heart healthThe researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 STEMI patients in 29 countries and six geographic regions. In all those regions, they found that appropriate treatment was delayed for women and in-hospital death rates for them was double that of men. Also, women were 70 % more likely to die at 30 days, six months and one year after the heart attack.

The gender gap is likely due to differences in awareness of symptoms, access to care and risk factors, the researchers said. For example, women tend to be older when they suffer this type of heart attack and have more of other health problems.

Stress is proven to be a major cause of heart attacks in women. To learn how to reduce stress and keep nurse wellness a priority, visit SelfCare for HealthCareContact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.

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