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Women are more likely to survive a heart attack if they are treated by a female doctor in hospital, a major study has shown
Women are more likely to survive a heart attack if they are treated by a female doctor in hospital, a major study has shown

By John von Radowitz

Women are more likely to survive a heart attack if they are treated by a female doctor in hospital, a major study has shown.

Scientists in the US reviewed nearly 582,000 heart attack cases in Florida over a period of 19 years.

They found that female patients admitted to a hospital emergency room had a significantly higher chance of survival when another woman was in charge of their treatment.

Their chances were also improved if treated by a male doctor who had a lot of female colleagues in his team.

Lead scientist Dr Seth Carnahan, from Washington University, said: "You have highly trained experts with life or death on the line, and yet the gender match between the physician and the patient seems to matter a great deal."

Researchers examined patient data from 1991 to 2010, measuring factors such as age, race and medical history.

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