It’s a common misconception that cancer is the most common cause
of death in the U.S. But actually, this dubious distinction belongs to
heart disease. Both women and men are at risk of heart disease, but women
have unique heart health issues. If you’re taking steps to be a
more proactive patient to prevent
medical malpractice from affecting you, take a few minutes to also learn about your unique
heart disease risks.
There are some
risk factors of heart disease that both men and women share, including abnormal cholesterol levels,
obesity, and high blood pressure. Other risk factors disproportionately
affect more women than men and certain factors are unique to women. For
example, diabetics are at a higher risk of heart disease if they are women
than if they are men. Women are also at a higher risk than men because
of smoking, mental stress, and depression. One of the reasons why smoking
is a more significant risk factor for women is because many women use
hormonal birth control methods. Combining hormonal birth control with
smoking is not recommended because of the increased risk of blood clots.
Furthermore, women are uniquely affected by the hormonal changes of menopause
and by pregnancy complications—both of which can increase the risk
of heart disease.
Men are more likely than women to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack
and to call 911 right away. This is because women aren’t as likely
to experience obvious symptoms such as chest and arm pain. They are more
likely to experience subtle symptoms like dizziness, nausea, fatigue,
shortness of breath, back pain and heartburn-like abdominal pain. Additionally,
women often attribute their symptoms to panic attacks, stress, or even
hypochondria. This means that women aren’t as likely to seek emergency
Pegalis & Erickson, LLC is a malpractice law firm on Long Island, New
York with a longstanding track record of successfully advocating on behalf
of patients and their families. Our medical negligence lawyers support
the efforts of patients to become proactive about their medical decisions.
To request a one-on-one consult with a medical malpractice lawyer, call
us today at (516) 858-2194.