Over the course of our lives, men and women both experience similar heart failure symptoms yet females tend to ignore these more often than not. And ignoring these warnings can lead to increased early fatalities, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada reported.
“ Our primary concern is that when people come to the hospital with a more advanced stage of heart disease, then definitely we are left with fewer treatment based remedies”, said Dr. Catherine Kreatsoulas, lead author of the study and a Fulbright Scholar and Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Cardiac patients having past experiences with angina were interviewed by researchers and were also asked that what forced to undergo medical treatment or care.
The researchers coined the term “symptomatic tipping point,” which means the transitional phase between symptom onset and when the individual chooses to seek medical attention. The period comes in six stages: a period of uncertainty; denial or dismissal of symptom; seeking advice from someone such as a friend or family member; recognition of symptom severity accompanied by feeling of defeat; seeking medical attention; and acceptance.
Denial phase in women continued over a longer period in time then men, researchers found. “Women would wait for others to tell them they looked horrible,” Dr. Kreatsoulas said. “Women displayed more of an optimistic bias, feeling that the symptoms would pass and get better on their own.”
“But when women feel even a small improvement in symptoms, they seem to dismiss them for a longer period of time,” Dr. Kreatsoulas said.
This anomaly could also be due to the fallacy that heart disease is often associated with men, even when it is known to be a leading cause of mortality for women.
Angina indicates that you are probably are at the immediate receiving end of increased risk of a heart attack, cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death. It must be taken seriously and a Physician should be consulted at an earnest.