A new study on women’s heart health has found that women under 55 are less likely than men to be back at work a year after a heart attack, largely due to social and economic factors. Looking at the data of 1,680 heart attack patients from three countries, all between the age of 18 and 55 fully employed before their heart attack, they found that 89 percent of men and 85 percent of women were working again a year after their heart attack. However, when those results were adjusted for factors such as age, education, country and general health, they found that men and women actually returned to work at similar rates. “There is a lot of social demographic factors that makes (women) disadvantaged and I think that’s why they’re returning to work less,” Dr. Leslie Cho, a director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center and unaffiliated with the study, told Reuters Health. “It’s a touchy subject, because it’s so socially sensitive.” The researchers emphasized that returning to work is an important recovery indicator which has other health implications too, as people who are unemployed are generally less healthy. The data from this study might help in finding ways “social” solutions to support people returning to work.
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