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Women unaware of heart attack symptoms

30th November 2010

According to the results of a survey by the British Heart Foundation, many women in Britain do not recognise the symptoms of a heart attack.

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A poll of 4,000 women showed that only 10% of the respondents had talked to their doctor about their danger of heart disease.

The BHF said doctors and women both needed to be more conscious of the dangers of heart disease.

Although heart disease causes fewer deaths in women than in men, 40,000 women in the UK are killed by the disease annually.

Another poll of 2,829 women showed that less than 50% of women would call an ambulance if they suffered classic symptoms of a heart attack.

The poll revealed 11% would lie down in bed and 8% would try to disregard symptoms such as chest pain.

Dr Mike Knapton, a GP and associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "These results show serious gaps in the way women are thinking about heart health - they highlight the common myth that heart disease is a middle-aged male health problem which simply doesn't affect women in the same way."

He added that it was also important that doctors were aware of the issue: "It's vital that us GPs 'think heart' for our female patients. All women over 40 are entitled to a free health check which takes just a few minutes. The truth is that too many lives are lost each year to a killer which is largely preventable."

 

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Wendy Cross

Thursday 2nd December 2010 @ 10:04

Why not list the symptoms here then? Directly underneath the article.


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