Sunday, February 11, 2007

NHS Blog Doctor: A Raw Deal for Women.


Blogger Don Surber said...

This is must reading. Breast cancer gets the press but heart disease gets the girls (and the boys)

Feb. 2 marked a return to sanity

Your experience may get people putting these matters in perspective.

God bless you

7:51 PM, February 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for linking to the article.

The UK comments that are coming are fascinating, and tell their own tale. The front end of a lot of our ER Departments are run by nurse-practitioners, or chest-pain nurse-specialists, and they are offended by the suggestion that women with cardiac problems may not be getting as good a deal as their male counterparts.

They are missing the main point. The protocol guided nurse has no problem with a woman coming in with barn-door, crushing central chest pain. From the comments, it is clear some of them do not understand the need for broad based thinking with women presenting, as you did, with atypical symptoms. Cardiac ischaemia can present with breathlessness rather than pain and I am certain you are right in suggesting that all of us tend to be slower to consider a cardiac diagnosis in women. There is objective data to support this in the UK

We need to keep plugging away

Best wishes


9:10 AM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...


Thank you so much for your article and your help in making others aware of the unusual symptoms women have when having a heart attack or other heart problems. Doctors are slow to catch these problems--they really do not think pre-menopausal women get heart attacks and I hear it over and over again. Sure, maybe I am just an anomaly, but with all the women I have met who have suffered from heart problems at early ages, it is hard to believe it is that rare.

9:47 AM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Dr. Helen. These things should be said. Activists should listen to all people.

4:28 AM, February 13, 2007  
Blogger m Andrea said...

I landed here first at a old article where you were basically saying women are no longer discriminated against.

Guess there's only bias when it happens to you, huh?

Drop dead, you fucking hypocrite.

8:55 PM, February 15, 2007  
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