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More delays for women in emergency care

New York Times, January 26, 2009

A new study has found surprising evidence of delays in getting women with heart trouble to the hospital. Researchers at Tufts Medical Center examined 5,887 emergency calls about suspected cardiac symptoms in Dallas County, TX. About half of the calls were made by women, and about 11% were delayed, spending 45 minutes or longer in the care of emergency workers. Women were 52% more likely than men to be among the delayed, said Thomas W. Concannon, an assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University.