Dr. Goldberg shares why some doctors have a difficult time conceptualizing heart disease in women and describes some common heart disease symptoms.
Well, because they never learned about it in medical school. Hopefully this next breed of doctors is graduating with a whole lot of information that we never had. It’s not just about not thinking about coronary heart disease in women, they also need to conceptualize that the physiology may in fact be different.
Shortness of breath, unexplained fatigue, pressure in the center of their chest that could radiate down the arm, sometimes the pressure is lower down in the chest so that they mistake it as a stomach problem. So basically if a woman has any of these symptoms she should get checked out.
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.