Research shows women’s heart disease is often overlooked

A new report has shed light on the stark difference between cardiovascular disease or heart disease in men and women.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has published research warning that crucial indicators that a woman has or could develop heart disease in the future are often overlooked because they are displayed more subtly than in men.

Although there is no evidence that women develop heart disease later than men, according to the study, women are frequently diagnosed with it later in life than men, suggesting that when treatment starts, they are probably in poorer shape and at a more advanced stage. .

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Daily Mail notes that earlier reports have also alleged that women’s medical complaints often don’t receive the same attention as those of men, which is a problem that could have dire consequences.

Even though heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America, only one-fifth of primary care physicians and 42% of cardiologists believe they can accurately assess a woman’s heart health, a survey has found.

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The inability of medical professionals to recognize heart attacks in women led to a higher death rate in women than in men, according to a 2018 British study.

While women are often more concerned about breast cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say they are just as likely as men to die of heart disease.

Unlike other more widely publicized risks like breast cancer, the CDC warns that nearly 20% of American women will die of heart failure.

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