Yale cardiologist Dr. Erica Spatz explains her new study: “Young women with heart attacks are a diverse group. Many of these cardiac events have distinct features that are different from the classic heart attack. But the current way that doctors classify heart attacks doesn’t fully accommodate these diverse types. This means that – until now – one in eight women could NOT be classified. In these women, we don’t know what caused their heart attack.” But her team’s development of a unique new way to classify heart attacks may change all that – especially for women under age 55.
A new bombshell survey report found that women’s heart disease awareness has drastically declined over the past 10 years. Why is this happening?
“All medical care back then was based on what was normal for a 165-pound man” – cardiologist Dr. Nieca Goldberg says she was “dismayed” during her medical school training to learn that reality.
Some sobering facts from cardiac researchers Drs. Karin Humphries and Louise Pilote: “Only 1/2 of women know that smoking is a cardiac risk factor, and fewer than 1/4 are able to name other leading risk factors.”
Women experience more chronic pain, yet paradoxically, women’s pain reports are taken less seriously.
The reality: as soon as a woman having a heart attack is unlucky enough to initially have “normal”-looking diagnostic test results, she can reasonably expect that her healthcare professionals will stop believing that her heart is the problem.