British women unaware of heart attack symptoms
Heart attacks kill more than 40,000 women in the UK every year.
Yet a recent poll by the British Heart Foundation has found that many women over 50 are unaware of the symptoms of a heart attack, and that only 10 per cent have had a conversation about risks of heart disease with their GP.
Another poll showed that less than half of British women would dial 999 if suffering from chest pain, one of the best-known symptoms of a heart attack.
Associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, Dr Mike Knapton, 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.”
Dr Kathryn Griffith, President of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, said that some funding had been provided, but that the message had not yet reached those at greatest risk: “What really needs to happen is for a younger woman on Coronation Street or Eastenders to have a heart attack.”
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