Characteristics of the Patients
Female patients (n = 257) were significantly older and had a higher prevalence of diabetes and hypertension (Table 1). A longer delay from onset of symptoms to hospital admission was found in women (8 h vs 6 h). Women also presented with cardiogenic shock on hospital admission more frequently than men.
Women were significantly less likely to receive fibrinolytic therapy than men (Table 2). This difference was explained, at least in part, by their older age and a longer time delay (adjusted odds ratio [OR] for reperfusion therapy, 0.84; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.59 to 1.24) [Table 3].