Dr. Goldberg explains how a heart attack in a woman is different from a heart attack in a man.
Symptoms are different so women may not recognize them and get to the hospital later. When they have their heart attacks, women are more likely to die of their first heart attacks compared to men. Women are less likely to undergo coronary angiography which is the more invasive study to look at the arteries.
And women, when they get to the hospital later, which is the biggest mistake I think women make, is trying to convince themselves they have acid reflux. You should go to the hospital and not worry what the doctors think,,and so when they get to the hospital, they’re more likely to have heart failure and complications of their heart attacks.
About Dr. Nieca Goldberg, M.D.:
Dr. Nieca Goldberg is a cardiologist and a nationally recognized pioneer in women’s heart health. Her New York City practice Total Heart Care focuses primarily on caring for women. Dr. Goldberg is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of NYU Women’s Heart Program, the Co-Medical Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign – an association for which she has volunteered for over 15 years and been a board member in NYC. She was formerly the Chief of Women’s Cardiac Care at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.