American Heart Association Sponsors American Heart Month, Emphasizes Dangers to Women

Posted on February 15, 2012

February kicks off American Heart Month, an informational initiative sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA). Designed to educate all Americans about the dangers of cardiovascular disease while promoting healthy-life choices to counteract our nation’s number one killer, the AHA is also putting special emphasis on women and heart disease this month.

With its Go Red for Women program, the AHA wants to make everybody, but especially women, aware that heart disease is also the top killer of women. Yet, women (especially young women) are more likely to be misdiagnosed than men when they go to an emergency hospital with heart attack symptoms. A New England Journal of Medicine study found that women under 55 were seven times more likely to be misdiagnosed and sent home than men of the same age — doubling their chances of dying.

Many doctors still don’t realize that women can experience different symptoms than men when it comes to heart disease. Unless a physician is careful and thorough, a vital life-saving diagnosis can be missed.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Florida, with stroke ranking third.

It is so important that you receive the proper diagnosis for any health issue you might have. In some cases, the right diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a misdiagnosis that has negatively impacted your health because of a medical professional’s oversight, call the medical malpractice attorneys in Florida at Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 to discuss your options.

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