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Women Die More from Heart Attacks Than Men—Unless the ER Doc Is Female

Analyzing over 500,000 cases suggests having female physicians in the emergency room may save women’s lives

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Women make up a mere quarter of emergency doctors in the U.S., according to data from the American Medical Association. This statistic does not signal well to gender equality in medicine or young women considering the specialty—and it may have even darker implications for patients. A new study suggests female heart attack patients may be at a higher risk of mortality in the emergency room if they see a male physician rather than a female one, giving greater urgency to diversity initiatives in medicine.



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