Docs often MISS this life-threatening cardiac event
Could emergency room doctors completely MISS a heart attack?
You'd better believe they can!
It happens. It happens all the time, especially for seemingly healthy women who are often sent home after mild chest pain without basic tests.
"Oh, it's nothing," the friendly ER doc will offer in reassurance.
And since the chest pain is already passing or maybe even gone completely, you'll take him at his word.
New research shows how these doctors should have their licenses taken away... or they should at least be sent back to school to start all over again... because many of the women sent home actually DID have a heart attack!
Docs are missing heart attacks in women in ways they never would in men, with the study finding that more than half of women with chest pain are told nothing's wrong and aren't even tested.
In men, that number is just 37 percent.
As the study shows, something IS wrong in many cases. Something's VERY wrong -- and they MISSED it!
Scans later revealed that 8 percent of the women had the scarring that indicated a heart attack.
They should've been tested, treated, and given strict orders to make some big changes to help protect the heart and prevent more problems.
Instead, they were given false reassurance.
On the one hand, you might think it's not THAT big of a deal. These women weren't hurt by their heart attacks.
But it's not that simple.
A heart attack leaves behind damage in the form of scarring across the parts of the heart where blood was cut off.
That scarring -- whether you know it's there or not -- can increase your risk of future heart problems, including another heart attack.
If you get help fast, you can limit the scarring and cut those risks.
If you never get help at all, you could suffer from more scarring and more risk.
Maybe your doc didn't see the first heart attack, but you might not survive the second one!
The study finds one reason that docs miss heart attacks more often in women is that they're too confused about what it's "supposed" to look like.
The women in the study were 50 percent more likely than men to have no chest pain. In addition, they also had a variety of other symptoms that often don't strike men including indigestion, nausea, and stomach aches.
Woman also often report other forms of pain, including pain in the jaw, neck, or shoulder.
And they're more likely to experience shortness of breath and other symptoms.
If you feel any of that -- with or without chest pain -- get help. And if something feels wrong, don't let them send you home without complete testing.