Ignorance isn’t bliss, ladies — and when you’re in the emergency room, the ignorance of the docs on hand could be positively deadly for you.
Because new research shows how the docs who staff emergency rooms know as much about women as 14-year-old boys.
As a result, ER docs botch one of the most important jobs they have: They can’t figure out when you’re having a heart attack.
The study finds that women are 50 percent more likely than men to be misdiagnosed in the emergency room after a heart attack.
Can you believe that?
It’s a life-or-death situation where every second counts… with the entire outcome riding on the doc’s basic ability to recognize a heart attack and get it treated FAST.
And they’re screwing it up, big-time. They’re actually telling women that nothing’s wrong and even SENDING THEM HOME.
Turns out most of these clueless hacks have no idea that heart attack symptoms can be different in women.
Sure, gals can have chest pain.
But in 42 percent of heart attack cases in women, there’s little to no chest pain at all. So when she shows up insisting that something’s clearly wrong but not reporting any pain in the chest, docs rule out a heart attack.
You have to wonder what they were doing back in med school.
Maybe they were sleeping in the back of the room or even cut class when they were supposed to be learning about women’s health. Whatever it is, as the new study shows very clearly, docs just plain don’t know when a woman is having a heart attack.
That means it could be up to YOU to educate HIM — right there in the emergency room, while you’re on the gurney.
So learn the warning signs.
Besides that chest pain, the ones to watch for include sudden fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and/or vomiting, dizziness, cold sweats, pain in the upper body such as the back, neck and shoulders, and pain down your left arm.
If you’ve got ANY of that and the doc gives you a patronizing smile and tries to send you home, let him have it — demand to speak to the boss if you have to — especially if the doc dealing with you seems a little green around the ears.
Whatever you do, DON’T walk out that door unless you’ve been reassured by “the full monty” of tests that you’re not having a heart attack.
For more on the heart attack warning signs in women and how they differ from those in men, read this free report from the Daily Dose archives.