Your Life Being Saved Could Depend on Your Gender

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The research will be presented at the five-day American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2017 from Saturday to Wednesday in Anaheim, California, the medical center said in a release.

A study conducted by researchers of 20,000 cases of heart attacks around the country shows a disturbing trend in how men and women are treated by bystanders, according to their perceived gender.

While bystander CPR is still relatively rare, occurring in only about 37 per cent of all cardiac events that happen in public locations, men were 1.23 times more likely to receive it, the researchers said.

35 percent of women and 36 percent of men received CPR in the home, showing no significant difference in the likelihood of one gender getting assistance over the other in this setting.

"CPR involves pushing on the chest so that could make people less certain whether they can or should do CPR in public on women", said Audrey Blewer, M.P.H., the study's first author and assistant director for educational programs at the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

The researchers found that 45 per cent of men received bystander CPR in public compared to 39 per cent of women.

A new study indicates that people with breasts are more likely to die in a situation where they might survive if given CPR, because folks are afraid to touch their chest area.

Another study published past year suggested that a similar gender disparity exists in potentially life-saving treatments given to cardiac arrest patients. "Regardless of someone's gender or how their body is shaped, delivering bystander CPR during cardiac arrest is absolutely critical, as it has been proven to double and even triple a victim's chance of survival", said Blewer.

Strangers may fear touching unknown women more than they would touching an unknown man, with possible rescuers concerned about touching a woman's breasts or removing her clothes. The study also concluded that men were 23 percent more likely to survive a cardiac arrest.