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.

Study: Most of Us Don’t Recognize Common Cancer Symptoms

Sure, you may be labeled a hypochondriac if you rush to the doctor for every ache and pain, but new research suggests many of us could stand to take an extra dose of precaution. When people experience symptoms that may indicate cancer, they tend to dismiss the problem as anything but the Big C — a mindset that could lead to missed opportunities for early diagnosis, according to a new study in the journal PLOS ONE.

Past research has shown that cancer patients often realize, after the fact, that they failed to grasp the gravity of their early symptoms and, as a result, they didn’t seek help as quickly as they should have. “We wanted to actually capture a sample of people where cancer isn’t even on their radar — to find out what people actually do when they’re experiencing a symptom that could indicate cancer,” study author Katrina Whitaker, a senior research fellow at University College London, tells Yahoo Health.

Source: Scary Study: Most of Us Don’t Recognize Common Cancer Symptoms

You should make an appointment with your doctor ASAP if you have experienced:

  • Unexplained cough or hoarseness
  • Persistent change in bowel habits
  • Persistent unexplained pain
  • Persistent change in bladder habits
  • Unexplained lump
  • Change in the appearance of a mole
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent difficulty swallowing

Wikipedia: Helping Scientists Predict the Spread of Disease

Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has become the sixth most visited site in the world. Researchers reported the site contains around 30 million articles in 287 languages and it serves roughly 850 million article requests per day. More importantly, it’s a free, open source of data that is gaining traction as an “effective and timely disease surveillance.”

Source: Wikipedia Positioned To Track Disease Outbreak: The Model That Could Rival Current Resources

Given the long standing joke about people – hypochondriacs – googling their illness (physical or mental), I have to think there’s too much false positive for this to be of any value.  The signal to noise ratio…