Ladies First? Not Always, At Least When It Comes to Cardiac Emergency Treatment.

You pick -- the long version or the short. The long version is an eight-page article from the most recent issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes titled "Elapsed Time in Emergency Medical Services for Patients With Cardiac Complaints: Are Some Patients at Greater Risk for Delay?" Tufts researchers looked exclusively at Dallas County in 2004 -- some 5,887 patients "with suspected cardiac-related symptoms" in all.

And they concluded: Yes, some patients are at greater risk for delay. Who? Women. Why? Says The New York Times' summary this morning: "Other studies have suggested that heart problems in women are not recognized as readily by medical personnel."

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