The skeptical cardiologist notes that today has been proclaimed “Go Red For Women” day. I’m not sure what wearing red on the second Friday of each February accomplishes but I do think it is important that women recognize that they are at risk for heart disease and stroke.
The AHA sponsored www.goredforwomen.org site proclaims
“each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke”
That is pretty alarming! After three years of this there will be very few women left.
A much better source of information than the AHA or go red for women sites in my opinion is the blog of Carolyn Thomas entitled Heart Sisters.
Carolyn suffered a heart attack and her site is a wealth of information on women and heart disease. Her posts are well researched and informative.
She recently wrote about the fact that 85% of hospital admissions for chest pain are not for Heart Attack. With her permission, I am re blogging this important post which reviews the symptoms of heart attack that differ between men and women and the misdiagnosis of heart attack that is more common in women.
Cardiologists often make the mistake of assuming their patients have a greater understanding of heart function, physiology, anatomy, terminology, and pathology than is realistic. I