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NZ women face discrimination in heart treatment

10 January 2018 Radio New Zealand

New research has found that women are up to three times more likely to die in the year after having a heart attack as men, because they are not given the same treatment.

The study was carried out by British and Swedish scientists.

In New Zealand three thousand women die each year from heart attacks – that’s eight a day.

The director of coronary care at Auckland City Hospital, Harvey White, said when researchers looked at the treatment that women received, they were discriminated against.

“Fewer of the women got aspirin, fewer of the women got stenting, fewer of the women got statins. These are all treatments that we recommend all patients should have because they don’t have side effects.”

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