Lisa Nelson RD #2: For women the signs of a heart attack are more subtle. What should women watch for? If everyone responded to every arm/jaw/chest/indigestion/feeling "not quite right" symptom, they'd never leave the ER!
Dr. Shelby-Lane: The female heart often is misdiagnosed.
True or false: Every year, more women die of heart disease than men.
The answer is true, but if you didn't know it, you're not the only one. In a survey of 500 physicians led by preventative cardiologist Lori Mosca, M.D, Ph.D., less than 20 percent knew the answer.
When it comes to women and heart disease , ignorance can be deadly. The misconception that heart disease is a "man's disease" is the main reason women are misdiagnosed, or receive delayed treatment, when experiencing symptoms of heart disease and even a heart attack .
Consider these findings:
In a recent study at Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 230 physici...
If you think may be experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack,
do not wait to see if they go away. If you experience discomfort or
pain in the chest, unusual shortness of breath (especially if you
are a woman), heart palpitations, discomfort in the arms, back,
neck or jaw, bluish fingernails, nausea (women) or lightheadedness,
or have another condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure,
call 911 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
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Call 9-1-1 immediately. Tell the operator you think you are
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For years we have been taught the warning signs of a heart attack and what we are now learning is that these are great for men. Will someone do an article about how women's symptoms are very different and often overlooked by doctors? This is an excellent and very current question that has not been well studied, although there has been much talk about the subject for years. From a historical perspective it is our society’s fault. The societal fault is complex. I still run into the "politically correct" police at times, and last year actually got told that the name of a lecture that I was giving, “Women are not just little men when it comes to heart disease,” was inappropriate. Somehow, someone thought that discussing the differences between men and women was “sexist” in some manner. We have to get over some silly ideas. Our country has been among the slowest to advance to the point that as many women as men became doctors. Likewise, we “protected” women ...
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