Women’s Heart Alliance is getting the word out about the crisis of misdiagnosis. Watch our video and learn more about how to advocate for your heart health.
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, more than all cancers combined.
Less than half of physicians and cardiologists feel prepared to diagnose a heart attack in women.
Women complaining of heart attack symptoms were twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness than men with the same symptoms.
Women—especially women of color—wait an average of 11 minutes longer to see a physician than men who reported chest pain.
Stories of women whose heart disease symptoms were overlooked, dismissed or misdiagnosed are all too common.
"The EMT advised me to breathe into a bag. He said I was having a panic attack." —Debbie Dunn
"A cardiologist said to me 'Young lady, it's not your heart. I'm sending you back to your doctor to have your nerves checked.'"—Vicky Ventura
"I was told I was having mini panic attacks, which were causing my nausea, dizziness, and pounding heart."—KC Maurer
“Many women go to the hospital with chest pain but they often aren’t tested for a heart attack because doctors felt they were low-risk. And they are considered low-risk because their heart disease symptoms are different than the symptoms men experience.”
— Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, WHA Scientific Advisor, Director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
“Most of what we know about heart disease has come from research done on men, designed for men. And this has greatly benefited men, but women have not fared as well.”
— Dr. Holly Andersen, WHA Medical Advisor, and director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute and attending cardiologist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
“The time is ripe for a great leap forward on behalf of gender equity… Everywhere you turn today, women – and their allies – are stepping up and speaking out.”
— Barbra Streisand, Co-Founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance
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