Ladies, it may be an honest mistake, but it could also be a deadly one. According to a new study a frighteningly high percentage of ER doctors are missing—or dismissing—critical signs in female heart patients that point towards a heart attack.
In fact, women are a stunning 50 percent more likely to be misdiagnosed after a heart attack than men. A mistake that when made in the critical window when you’re in need of urgent care could spell the difference between full recovery, permanent disability or far worse.
Picture this. You end up being rushed to the emergency room in pain. But when you finally see the doctor he brushes off your symptoms as simple gas and sends you home.
Women 50% more likely to be misdiagnosed
It’s likely not because the doctor doesn’t care. But rather an unconscious bias that still has doctors—despite years of training—believing heart attacks only happen to older, overweight, out-of-shape men who are having chest pain.
But the truth is women do have heart attacks… lots of them, unfortunately.
And while their symptoms can often be different than men’s symptoms (more on that in just a moment), research says women are far more likely to die from a heart attack than men. The fact that ER docs routinely misdiagnose them no doubt plays a role in those deaths.
5 heart attack symptoms women should watch for
Since women can’t necessarily count on the medical professionals in this case it’s critical to learn the heart warning signs for yourself ladies. That way even if your doctor misses them YOU won’t…
|Heart Attack Signs Women Should Watch For|
|Sudden pain or weakness in your back|
|Sudden pain in your neck|
|Sudden arm or shoulder pain (especially on your left side)|
|Sudden shortness of breath|
If you feel any of these symptoms without another clear explanation seek out help immediately. And don’t let the folks in the emergency room just send you home if you don’t feel your symptoms have really been addressed.
Insist on having tests and ask for a second opinion if you’re still not satisfied. It may not be fair that you have to stand up for yourself when you are sick, but doing so could literally save your life.
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