Carol explains how women unintentionally ignore their heart symptoms and shares why it is exciting that cardiologists recognize women are presenting with different heart disease symptoms than men.
Because most of them are in denial. They are so used to taking care of other people, they are only family members and doing everything, when they have something that’s sort of an admiration, they say, “Oh, it’ll go away,” this or that, and it’s so important to listen and that’s part of my message out there is to take charge of your own body, listen to your symptoms because, particularly and fortunately, the doctors today are saying that women have different symptoms, hello, and this is the most wonderful thing that’s happened.
And we just tend to ignore. I was so confused by mine. One of the ones I had in the evening, after the day, I would be sitting there, “Gee wiz, what did I, why is my back?” So I’d get heat and put on heat, you know. There we go again, and that’s one of the symptoms and it can be in the lower back, but women have strange symptoms and we’ve all been listening to the traditional symptoms that men had for all these years.
So that’s why I am out there beating my lips trying to get people to listen and the women, and I was out to a golf course here recently and the young woman who runs the cart there, I see her a lot and so stopped and gave each other a big hug and she said that she had been to her cardiologist and taken a stress test and he said to her, “Well, this really looks okay, but because you are a woman,” and I jumped off the ground and I said, “We’re there, we’re there!”
A cardiologist said “because you are a woman” and this is so great that the cardiologist probably think I’m not supposed to feel that way, but it is, it’s a known fact that women have not been addressed the same for their symptoms as the men. So, I am just saying the cardiologists are wonderful because they are now paying attention and they are now addressing it.
Conditions: Heart Disease, Chest Pain
Related Terms: Stress Test, Triple Bypass, Chest Pain, Chest Tightness, Blocked Arteries, Heart Health Advocate, Cardiology, Heart Survivor
Health Care Provider: Banner Health, Banner Heart Hospital, Banner Heart Care Services, Banner Heart
Location: Mesa, Arizona, AZ, Phoenix, Tempe, East Valley, Phoenix Metropolitan, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Anthem, Chandler, 85206