Date of Award

7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Candice Rome

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to look at gender differences in a ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in a population from a large tertiary hospital over one year and three months period to see if there were differences in female and male population. Looking at the time of onset of symptoms to time in seeking treatment and to see if this had an impact on morbidity, treatment modalities, and length of stay in the hospital. The time of onset of symptoms to time of treatment is important because of the time-dependent nature of reperfusion strategies. This can minimize myocardial damage and have a significant impact on mortality and morbidity. Since 1994, the mortality rate has remained higher for women than men. This may relate to the delays in seeking treatment for women. In this research project the researcher found that there are statistically significant gender differences between men and women. This research has shown that women delay longer than men in seeking treatment for STEMI, their length of stay is longer, but the researcher found no significant differences in morbidity between men and women. This could have been because the population was small and the researcher did not show the differences in ages.

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