Dr. Legato gives multiple reasons why men are treated more aggressively than women after a heart attack.
Well, as the literature puts it, the reasons for women being treated less aggressively than men with a heart attack, remain obscure. The Israeli and the British and the American literature, all have that phrase: "The reasons for this remain obscure." It’s unclear whether men are trying to “protect” women from very aggressive treatment of a heart attack, or whether women refuse to be treated aggressively, or whether frankly, they’re simply written off as too old and not worth the intense effort and risk of aggressive therapy.
So there can be many reasons, but in fact there still is gender prejudice or difference in the way we treat men and women with heart disease.
About Dr. Legato:
Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Founder and Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University in 1997. It is the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has received many awards for her leadership role in women's health.
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