Women in cardiac arrest less likely than men to get help from bystanders

From Reuters:

Women who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital are less likely to receive help from bystanders and have less chance of survival than men, a recent Dutch study showed.

The results align with what a separate study found in the United States last year: men had an increased likelihood of receiving bystander support and greater chances of survival than women.

For the new study, conducted in a province in The Netherlands, Dr. Hanno Tan at the University of Amsterdam and colleagues looked at data on more than 5,700 people who had cardiac arrests in the community. All were treated by the local emergency medical services (EMS) – but before EMS arrived on the scene, only about 68 percent of women had received resuscitation attempts by bystanders, compared to about 73 percent of men.

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