Heart attacks have been known as the silent killer of women for years because they are often not detected with the same painful effects felt by men and now a recent study has confirmed that fact, reporting that women are more likely to die during a hospital visit when compared to males.
According to WebMD one of the main reasons for female heart attack deaths is the fact that doctors and patients often fail to initially realize that a heart attack is occurring which results in delayed treatment.
Because of that failure to detect women younger than 55-years-old are likely to die in the hospital compared to 10% of men under the same age group.
Examining the study’s numbers one cardiologist told the USA Today:
“It’s been sinking in to cardiologists for a while that women having heart attacks are more likely to have symptoms other than the classic chest pain syndrome that we see in the movies … I was shocked, though, at how closely this was associated with worse outcomes and more cardiac death in women with heart attacks. This study makes me worried that we still don’t get it.”
If you’re a female with a history of heart problems in your family you should mention a possible heart attack to your doctor if you feel the following symptoms:
“Nausea, shortness of breath, vomiting, light-headedness, pain in the back or jaw, and sudden, crippling fatigue.”
Do you feel as if women need to be better educated about the dangers of heart failure?