Conversations That Matter: Heart disease stereotype is hurting women

Imagine this: someone grabs their chest and collapses from a heart attack. Who did you envision? Probably a middle aged overweight guy, rather than a woman.

As a result of that widespread stereotype, heart disease research has focused primarily on men.

Yet heart disease is an equal opportunity affliction that manifests itself differently in women than it does in men. So not only has female heart disease been under-researched, it is also frequently misdiagnosed and women are over-dying as a result.

Dr. Lara Boyd, of the Centre for Brain Health, says this misconception has created a gap in how women are treated when they complain of symptoms and there is little research devoted to women’s cardiovascular health.

We invited Boyd to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the facts and myths of heart disease and women and where we go from here.

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