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Women might be less likely to get CPR because people are afraid of touching their chests

Women who are having a heart attack are less likely to get bystander CPR and more likely to die, according to a new study — and it may be because people are reluctant to touch women’s chests.

A new study looked at 20,000 cases of cardiac arrest and found that 39 percent of women who had heart attacks in a public place received CPR, compared to 45 percent of men. Possibly as a result, men were 23 percent more likely to survive. The results were discussed at the American Heart Association conference in Anaheim, California, and were reported by The Associated Press. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Heart Association, and will be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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