Go Red on Valentine’s Day / A Woman’s Guide to Heart Attack Recovery: How to Survive, Thrive, and Protect Your Heart, Harvey M. Kramer, M.D., and Charlotte Libov
Trust your instinct ~ if you suspect something’s up with your heart, most likely you’re right. Check it out, take care of yourself and be there for your family, your friends, and yourself!
Take the Go Red Heart CheckUp today to learn your risk.
It only takes a few minutes and can save your life
Watch and really LISTEN to the stories of women affected by heart disease–they may be younger and look different than what you expect. They may be just like YOU.
A Woman’s Guide to Heart Attack Recovery: How To Survive, Thrive and Protect Your Heart
Women’s Hearts are Different
Heart attacks have been the biggest killer of women since 1908. Yet you’d never know it if you looked at medical books published for most of the past century. The result is a myth that “women don’t get heart attacks.” This problem is that mistaken ideas that grow into myths take a long time to dispel, and, even today, a woman who is having a heart attack can be misdiagnosed. Of course, not all women experience this. Many are diagnosed promptly and expertly treated. But the possibility of this gender bias still exists.
Another reason women are so often misdiagnosed has to do with age. About 83,000 of the women who have heart attacks this year will be under the age of 65, and about 9,000 will be under 45 years old. Despite this, though, doctors sometimes assume that women who have heart attacks are elderly. This is true for the majority, but certainly not everyone.