Women are much less likely to receive CPR than men – for a very worrying reason

Written by on November 14, 2017

Men are 23 per cent more likely to survive cardiac arrest suffered in a public place than their female counterparts.

The reason for this discrepancy is nothing to do with lifestyle, weight or general health.

Instead, it indicates a difference in a bystander’s willingness to administer CPR to a man, compared to their willingness to assist a woman.

Recent research revealed how 45 per cent of men had CPR administered after a heart attack in public, yet only 39 percent of women received the same help.

Audrey Blewer, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who led the study, reviewed 20,000 cases as part of an examination into the gender differences in receiving heart help from public versus professional responders, News men reports.

“It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fast on the center of a woman’s chest and some people may fear they are hurting her,” said Audrey.

Would-be rescuers also may worry about adjusting a woman’s clothing, or touching breasts to do CPR.

However, as another study leader, Dr. Benjamin Abella said, “You put your hands on the sternum, which is the middle of the chest. In theory, you’re touching in between the breasts.

“This is not a time to be squeamish because it’s a life and death situation.”

The study was discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim.


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