Gender of medics vital in surviving a coronary
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.