Women less likely to receive CPR by a bystander

This is according to a new study
Women less likely to receive CPR by a bystander
Posted at 3:08 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 15:08:54-05

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - A new study shows that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die.

Researchers say they think it's because people are reluctant to touch a woman's chest. This study found that people may fear hurting a woman by pushing down hard and fast on the center of her chest.  

Others worry about removing her clothing to get better access or touching her breasts to do CPR -- though experts say that shouldn't be a problem since doing CPR properly involves putting hands on the middle of the chest, between the breasts.

Men had less of a gender advantage in another heart related study.  It found they have slightly higher odds of suffering a cardiac arrest after or during sex -- than women.