Undiagnosed heart attacks in women
A British Heart Foundation (BHF) study has found that women are at a greater risk of a failure to diagnose or treat a heart attack due to a ‘ heart attack gender gap’.
Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, Consultant Cardiologist and BHF associate medical director said “women are dying needlessly because heart attacks are often seen as a man’s disease, and women don’t receive the same standard of treatment as men”.
Heart attacks can not only be fatal but also cause permanent damage to the heart, if untreated or misdiagnosed. Regardless of gender, a delay in treating a heart attack can have lifelong consequences.
There is no doubt that awareness needs to raised about this issue throughout the medical profession to prevent women becoming victims of this bias.