Mars, Venus, and Effectively Diagnosing Heart Disease
Are men from Mars and women from Venus? I can’t keep it straight. Mars and Venus aside, men and women are different. No argument there. The rules applied to help improve communication similarly apply to effectively diagnosing health related issues - specifically heart disease and the symptoms associated with a heart attack. Gender differences play a critical role in how women experience, describe, and receive treatment for this silent killer.
Heart Burn or Heart Attack
As ER physicians, we often rely on patients to supply us the information we need to make life saving decisions This plays a critical role, in the emergency department, when we try to determine if “chest pain” - one of the more common presenting complaints - is from a worrisome or non-worrisome cause. Both physicians and patients struggle with this issue as the symptoms of heartburn or gastro esophageal reflux disease can feel very similar to that of cardiac pain. It is not uncommon for patients to stay at home taking antacids for what they believe to be heartburn, when they might in fact be experiencing a heart attck.