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Women’s Decision Making Patterns During Heart Attack Symptoms

Reluctance to call 911 was a major theme in many stories regardless of the patterns of decision making. Educating women and their physicians about interpreting the symptoms of myocardial infarction remains a significant obstacle in reducing decision time. Highlights Understanding Treatment-Seeking Delay in Women with Acute Myocardial Infarction: Descriptions of Decision-Making Patterns In this qualitative study, 52 women were asked in semi-structured interviews to describe the symptoms and related thoughts, decisions, and actions from the onset of symptoms of myocardial…

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Women’s Delay in Getting to Hospital Doubles Their Risk of Mortality

 Women were nearly twice as likely to die in the hospital compared with men, with in-hospital deaths reported for 12 percent of women and 6 percent of men in the study. Women Don’t Get to Hospital Fast Enough During Heart Attack Pre-hospital delays remain unacceptably long in women, and time matters,” said Raffaele Bugiardini, M.D., professor of cardiology, University of Bologna, Italy, and lead author of the study, which examined records of 7,457 European patients enrolled from 2010 to 2014…

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Heart Disease Risk in Women

 Many women say their physicians never talk to them about coronary risk and sometimes don’t even recognize the symptoms, mistaking them instead for signs of panic disorder, stress, and even hypochondria.  Highlights  Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women In a survey conducted by the American Heart Association, about half of the women interviewed knew that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, yet only 13% said it was their greatest personal health risk. Top heart attack…

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Five Early Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Highlights Early Warnings Symptoms of a Heart Attack Dr. O’Keefe-McCarthy cited a number of previous studies that have suggested women tend to experience more warning symptoms compared with men. Women tend to experience less prodromal chest pain, but reported more episodes of fatigue, anxiety, and head-related symptoms such as headache or dizziness compared with their male counterparts. Dr. McSweeney and her colleagues identified the five specific prodromal symptoms that appear to be most predictive of future cardiac events: –Unusual fatigue –Discomfort in…

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Financial Stress Greatly Increases Heart Attack Risk

  People who reported significant financial stress were 13 times more likely to have a heart attack than those who had minimal or no stress.   Highlights Financial worries may raise heart attack risk by 13-fold The study included 106 people who had checked into a large public hospital in Johannesburg for a heart attack; The researchers also examined a control group of 106 healthy, age-, sex-, and race-matched participants. As much as 96 percent of those who had had a heart…

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