Men get better care than women after having heart attacks, unless they exhibit "feminine personality traits," a new Canadian study suggests.
Women wait longer in emergency rooms, are less likely to receive certain interventions, and experience longer delays in getting medical procedures, found the Canadian Medical Association Journal study of 362 women and 761 men.
This was especially true for younger women.
"Despite improvements in the management of acute coronary syndrome over the past few decades, differences in mortality between men and women persist," it reads.
One factor that could explain this gap is that, unlike men, women often don't have chest pains right away.
Women with anxiety are also less likely to get speedy treatment, as doctors may misdiagnose symptoms as a panic attack.
But it's not just biological sex that plays a role -- it's perceived masculinity and femininity.
Men and women who displayed traditionally male traits, like being assertive or aggressive, got more timely treatment than men and women who presented feminine traits, like being shy or soft-spoken.