A newly conducted French study states that many male doctors still hold this prejudice that heart disease is mostly a man’s issue and overlook female patients overall risk. As surprising as these sounds, these findings were found after conducting a thorough investigation.
Lead Author of this study, Dr. Raphaelle Delpech stated that most of the physicians will be highly amazed with the findings. She further stated “I hope this will help them ensure they assess [heart] risk equally in their male and female patients,” Dr. Raphaelle Delpech works a primary care at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.
The study team investigated on 2200 patients. This investigation process was mostly dealt by 52 primary care physicians. The team documented information’s mostly on heart disease risk factors. Smoking, Blood sugar and cholesterol were such risk factors. According to the data, this risk factor of heart diseases was recorded much less for female patients comparing to male patients. The research also states that because there weren’t sufficient information available, it was more difficult to conduct scientific research on heart disease. The study was published on June 21, in the European Journal of Preventing Cardiology.
Lead researcher further elaborated. “It appears that [primary care doctors] are more attentive to these factors in their male patients, This could be because [heart disease] is more frequent among men, who have historically been more likely to adopt risky habits like smoking,” The research also pointed out that female physicians were less prejudiced against female patients. Dr . Delpech noted regarding female doctors that they “follow guidelines more routinely and are less likely to vary their practice, especially according to their patients’ gender,”
The study concluded with this note that assessing heart risk in all patients, regardless of the patient’s gender can solely decrease death rates in both male and female patients. Heart disease is one of the main reasons of early deaths. Although number of deaths concerning heart disease have fallen since 1980, but the decrease is mostly in men than women. Dr. Delpech concluded her study on this comment “We know that men receive better cardiovascular [heart] care and secondary prevention after a first event. We hypothesized that primary prevention might also be better in men,”