The Gender Bias Deniers: as important as this New York Times article is in helping to raise awareness of women’s heart disease, it was the public response to this that floored me. And when I say “the public”, I mean male physicians.
Women experience more chronic pain, yet paradoxically, women’s pain reports are taken less seriously.
The good news: over a dozen cardiac studies about women’s heart disease are being presented at the 67th annual Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver this weekend. The bad news: this remains a puny drop in the bucket out of several hundred new scientific papers presented about a diagnosis that kills more women than men every year. Some history behind the scarcity of sex-based evidence . . .
Dr. Brian Goldman said this about yet another study showing gender bias in cardiac care: “This is very significant. Women do wait longer than men for treatment – if they get diagnosed at all. There’s a saying about heart attacks: ‘Time is muscle’. The longer it takes to unblock a blocked coronary artery, the more heart muscle dies. We need to rewrite standard medical textbooks.”
Treating women’s heart disease: is it gender differences or gender bias?