Ignoring Heart Disease Warning Signs
Canadians overall are at a high risk of cardiovascular diseases, but the risk can be even higher if you’re a woman. Heart disease is definitely one of the most common health problems in Canada. In fact, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for Canadian women, according to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. “Women go to the hospital later than men do with symptoms of heart attack,” says Dr. Vivien Brown, a family physician and vice president of medical affairs for Medisys Health Group. “They don’t do as well after a heart attack, there’s all this cardiac data on women being misdiagnosed, and just thinking they are tired or anxious, and they don’t get diagnosed as early on in the process the way men do,” she says. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are different in women than in men and are often ignored. Women can experience nausea, fatigue, difficulty breathing and anxiety in addition to chest pain as warning signs of a heart attack.