What is WRONG with People?!? Fear of breast touching is killing women

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 13, 2017 - 10:27 am

So it appears that woman are dying from heart attacks because men are afraid to touch their chests.  

Research at University of Pennsylvania found fears of a woman's frailty and about touching her breasts keep bystanders from administering CPR more often on women than men.  Instead the people scared of touching the female chest... let the woman die or at least suffer more damage from the lack of oxygenated blood moving through the body.  

I put those individuals in the What is WRONG with People?!? File.

The study involved nearly 20,000 cases around the country and found 45 percent of men received bystander CPR in public compared to 39 percent of women.

This is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders.

"By uncovering this disparity, we'll be able to think about new ways to train and educate the public on when, why, and how to administer bystander CPR, in order to help save more lives – of both men and women," said lead author, Audrey Blewer, MPH, assistant director for Educational Programs at the Center for Resuscitation Science at Penn Medicine. 

"The key take away from these data is that we need to find better and more effective ways to educate the general public on the importance of providing bystander CPR, and the importance of being comfortable delivering it regardless of the factors like the gender, age, or even the weight of the person in need," said senior author Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, director of Penn's Center for Resuscitation Science and a professor of Emergency Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "This study and other investigations from our team are only just beginning to peel back the layers on CPR rates and training disparities, cardiac arrest survival, and the public's understanding of the importance of rapid intervention during a cardiac emergency."

There is limited good news for women on the topic of heart attacks.  The AP reports that they are less likely to die from a heart attack due to over exertion during sex.

The AP says that men have slightly higher odds of suffering a cardiac arrest after or during sex -- than women.  

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