Why do women wait longer to seek help for a heart attack?

MHIF Researcher and Prevention Cardiologist, Dr. Michael Miedema was interviewed on Kare11 over the holidays to talk about a recent study revealing that women wait longer to receive care for a heart attack than men. This specific study included 4,000 patients in Switzerland that experienced big heart attacks and investigators wanted insights into what were the delays in treatment. Findings showed that women waited 12% longer to seek attention (call 911 or go to ER) than men.

WHY is this? The symptoms for women tend to be under-recognized, some women may feel symptoms aren’t real. Women can have atypical symptoms (burning, mild pressure, simply discomfort) when they are imagining it to be a severe chest pain as it can be in men.

HOW can we prevent this? Ladies, pay attention to symptoms: watch for pressure or discomfort, shortness of breath, and/or nausea. Also, know your risk – there is more to calculating your risk for heart disease than simply cholesterol. Talk to your physician.

2019 Goal: BE MORE ACTIVE!

Read the full research study online: https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/women-having-a-heart-attack-wait-longer-than-men-to-get-help