JOURNAL ARTICLE: HEART DISEASE RISK IN WOMEN
Journal Article: Heart Disease Risk in Women
There is a bias in the medical field that favors men. Heart disease in the past has always been regarded a man’s disease. Women in not so many days back, cared for the man in her life’s well being without much regard to her own (this is why non-married women live longer than her married counterparts, and married men live longer that his non-married counterparts). The research for women’s diseases especially heart disease has seen great progress, but there is still a ways to go to catch up to the research that has been afforded to men.
How Does This Apply to Daily Practice / Why it is important:
The signs and symptoms for heart disease / heart attacks in women are different than they are for men, for example; clot-busting drugs don’t work as well on women as they do on men. Women often are misdiagnosed with panic disorders, stress, and even hypochondria instead what it actually is Heart Disease or a Heart Attack. Knowing the differences of the symptoms and what they mean for women, will help guide our nursing care. Some of the symptoms (about a month before a heart attack) seem like ordinary everyday symptoms for anxiety or just plain being sick, such as unusual fatigue, sleep disturbance, shortness of breath, indigestion, anxiety, heart racing, and weak and heavy arms. Symptoms of a heart attack during the heart attack are shortness of breath, weakness, unusual fatigue, cold sweats, dizziness and weak and heavy arms.
These symptoms are very important to recognize and to explore more deeply when a female patient has them, as many women will not experience the crushing chest pain that most men experience during a heart attack.
How could the article been expanded upon:
I would like to see more research results that have pinpoint symptoms of an impending heart attack for women. Does a women experience an irregular heart...