Women’s heart issues need attention

Women's heart issues need to be the focus of an awareness campaign, says News Letter columnist Sandra Chapman

Women's heart issues need to be the focus of an awareness campaign, says News Letter columnist Sandra Chapman

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Doctors, it is said, are failing to spot thousands of heart attacks in women.

They are being misdiagnosed 50 per cent higher than men, being dismissed by medics as having indigestion, muscle pain, even anxiety. Researchers at Leeds University have calculated that as many as 24,000 heart attacks in women are initially misdiagnosed each year leading to one expert saying the results show a need to challenge preconceptions as heart disease can manifest itself differently in women. An awareness campaign is badly needed.