Many in Pawtucket may be under the same assumption regarding heart disease and heart attacks that the rest to the country is. That assumption typically is that men are more much more likely to die from a heart attack than women are. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. In fact, information collected by the American Heart Association and shared by CNN shows that 62 percent of women survive their first heart attack, as opposed to 77 percent of men.
Why then would it seem that heart disease has a gender bias? It could be due to the fact that women are also more likely than men to experience a heart attack misdiagnosis. Heart attacks already rank high on the list of conditions most likely to be misdiagnosed. The reason behind this is that the earliest symptoms of a heart attack, namely severe heartburn, chest pain, or pain in the extremities, closely resemble the symptoms of other, less harmful ailments. These can include an anxiety attack, a gallbladder infection, or a pulmonary embolism.
Taking this information into account, one may wonder just how much more likely a woman is to have the symptoms of her heart attack overlooked. Significantly more, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. In study data shared by MyHeartSisters.org, they showed that women under the age of 55 here seven times more likely to experience a heart attack misdiagnosis than men.
What’s the reason behind these higher rates of misdiagnoses among women? It could be as simple as doctors holding to the same incorrect assumptions that were mentioned earlier. American Heart Association information shared by the same MyHeartSisters.org site that was referenced earlier showed only 17 percent of cardiologists and 8 percent of family practice physicians actually know that fewer men die from heart disease than women.