Revisiting October’s Insights: Paying attention to the sex-related differences among patients hospitalized in the ICU

The session focused on gender disparities in cardiac care, particularly in the management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and acute heart failure in women. The discussion highlighted the underrepresentation of women in cardiovascular trials, the need for patient-tailored approaches, and the importance of inclusive protocols. The role of education, registries, and collaboration in addressing these disparities and improving outcomes for women was also emphasized.

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Janina Stępińska:    General impression after three sessions today is that whatever we are talking about, the results are worse in women. They are too late coming for intervention. They are not treated in a sufficiently modern way, let’s say. Whatever it is. So, as we are right now in the session of intensive care, I think that we should summarize that and think about what we can do in that situation. Because of course, we can change the design of the trials and wait for the results for a few years, but something should be done immediately. And in my opinion, you talked about education among us, I mean internationally and so on. But I think that we should start with education in the women’s population, generally in everything. Because when we are talking about coronary vessel disease, or we are talking about valvular diseases, everything is, you know… You put the attention to the time; let’s look at the time of intervention in a woman. In each field, it’s too late, we can tell. So, anyway, we should educate among us for sure, but also, I think that we should dedicate education for women, that they are waiting too long for everything we were talking about.