German study shows high infarct rate in diabetic women:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The contention that heart attacks are more prevalent in men is not born out among the diabetic population, according to a study originating from the Deutsche Herzzentrum Berlin. Diabetic women often do not experience the central chest pain that men do, the result being that female heart attack patients present at the hospital on average one hour later than men do. In a study of 17,050 men and 7,650 women with diabetes, it was found that 4.5% of the diabetic men - and 7.7% of the women (70% more) - died of a heart attack. Even after consideration of age and lifestyle, diabetic women are 50% more likely than men to die after a heart attack, showing that diagnosis is more difficult among women.