Does a doctor's gender affect women's survival rates after a heart attack?

A new study found that female patients who suffered a heart attack have a better chance of survival if they are treated by a female doctor.
1:44 | 08/07/18

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We now have a gym a health alert a new study suggests that women having heart attacks are more likely to survive. If they are treated by a woman positions in the emergency department our chief medical correspondent doctor Jane Asher. Kids here suppose about the static really interesting study Robin they looked at all patients presenting to emergency rooms in the state of Florida over nineteen year period having heart attacks there and play with survival. And they looked at something called gender could accordance which means. Male doctor male patient female doctor female patient or the flit in and what they fat count was that women. We're more likely to survive a heart attack if they were treated by a female physician. The patent the group that did the worst is a female patient being treated by a male doctor so again. Based on association we need a lot more research but these findings are raising a lot of by our best but so what do you think about this solace and I think dramatically this is not the first study to show a difference in clinical outcome with female physicians actually outperforming male doctors we don't know why that is. Maybe they're better communicators it's unclear. Socially though I think this is an incredibly slippery slope we have to be very careful. Before we start labeling a profession oh this is a female profession imagine the flip side if we take professional chefs and say. That's a male profession are males outperformed or teachers or pilots so again I think we need to be careful at this point. Definitely not enough data to say that if you're sick in the hospital you should request the same position as your gender or not there yet number one killer for men number one killer the key women can present with different symptoms even though chest discomfort is still the most common they can have flu like symptoms sleep issues. But prevention is key and this all right Jim thanks so much.

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