Drexel Cardiologist Explains How Heart Disease Affects Women

Drexel Cardiologist Explains How Heart Disease Affects Women


there’s a stereotype that women are the
caregiver so they’re always taking care of their family they’re always taking
care of their children and they they somehow don’t pay attention to how they
feel so often they present first of all much later in their disease process so
sometimes you know they don’t seek they don’t seek help and they’re not on the
appropriate medications or treatments or having received the appropriate
interventions earlier on because they’re just way too busy taking care of their
family and and running around so that’s that’s one aspect of why women kind of
end up maybe presenting sicker than men and in addition to women often present
very atypically they may have shortness of breath or a pain in their back
instead of the typical chest you know clenching pain that that may be their
male counterparts have and so and sometimes unfortunately those atypical
symptoms are dismissed as you know maybe an anxiety or or maybe you know being
overweight or being not as physically active and so I think I think just being
aware of that the fact that women do present if differently and they may tell
their story differently that I think it’s important to pay attention to to
those to those complaints and those symptoms even though they don’t sound
exactly typical