There’s a big fat yawning gap between cardiovascular diagnostic tests and resulting medical treatments – depending on whether doctors are looking at a male or a female patient lying there on the gurney. I’ve been saying this out loud ever since I came home from Mayo Clinic, where I first learned about the gender gap from Mayo cardiologists following my own heart attack misdiagnosis.
When asked if we might need to develop a new set of diagnostic/treatment protocol guidelines to specifically address this gap, Dr. Sharonne Hayes (founder of the Mayo Women’s Heart Clinic) responded:
“Part of the problem now is that the clinical practice guidelines are less likely to be applied to women compared to men.
“We know that when hospitals have systems in place to ensure they do provide care according to the guidelines, women’s outcomes improve.”
You may be wondering what it will take to put into place systems and guidelines (already used in male patients) for all patients, including women – in order to finally close that gender gap for good. Continue reading “Yentl Syndrome: cardiology’s gender gap is alive and well”