Los Angeles cardiologist Dr. Noel Bairey Merz believes that the biggest issue facing women heart patients is that as a society we have been programmed to think of heart disease as a man’s problem. During a presentation in Australia last year, she told her audience:
“The fatty build-up of plaque in a coronary artery causing a heart attack will usually rupture or ‘explode’ in men.
“But in women, it will often be a much smaller, more subtle event, caused by ‘erosion’, not explosion.
“Often their symptoms may throw doctors off track to the wrong diagnosis, and in many cases, women won’t even know they have had a heart attack until it’s too late.” .