Women Suffer From Heart Attacks to Avoid Being Called ‘Hypochondriacs’

In a small study published Tuesday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Lichtman and her colleagues looked into why women delay getting help. The researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 30 women, ages 30 to 55, who had been hospitalized after a heart attack.

It turned out that many had trouble recognizing that they were having symptoms of a heart attack. “A lot of them talk about not really experiencing the Hollywood heart attack,” Lichtman tells Shots.

…”Historically we thought of heart disease as sort of a man’s disease,” Parikh says. “But that’s not the case.”

Source: Younger Women Hesitate To Say They’re Having A Heart Attack

We need more education on the symptoms of heart attacks so that people don’t brush them off.  Delaying care is not a good idea – for reference: Heart Attack Symptoms in Women.

On the point of misdiagnosis – my first pulmonary embolism was correctly diagnosed at a walk-in clinic.  I was then directed to get to the hospital emergency ward for treatment to begin…  According to the emergency ward staff, they did not believe me and royally botched things.  To the point that I was in the room as my hematologist phoned them up to chew them out.  People are human, it happens.

Sometimes, you need to take charge of your care.  Be proactive.  That might mean getting a second opinion.  How receptive medical staff will be can depend on how you bring up the issue.