Dr. Goldberg explains if women are more difficult for doctors to care for.
You know, it’s funny you ask that question. I was asked that question about 20 years ago when I was asked to give a lecture to, actually no, it was about 18 years ago when I was asked to give a lecture to medical students. And, I was speaking with a male doctor, and it was myself, and it was to a women’s students’ organization and when the man was asked that, and the doctor, what gets me is the doctor actually just blurted out, the male doctor said, “Oh, it’s more difficult to take care of women is because they just don’t straight out say that they’re having chest pain,” and so one of the students was very bright and she said, “Well, do all of them have to have chest pain?” and little did he know that women’s symptoms could be more subtle.
And so, I think, we also need to understand that men and women may not communicate in the same way. So I don’t think it's more difficult to take care of women. I think doctors need to understand that we have to take care of different patients differently, and that their means of communication is different and so that we need to be more open-minded.
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.