Women tough out heart disease.In a clinical research study entitled Gender and Perceived Severity of Cardiac Disease: Evidence that Women are "Tougher," researchers at the College of Pharmacy A college of pharmacy generally refers to a tertiary educational institution (or part of such an institution) which is involved in the education of future pharmacists and pharmaconomists. and Cardiovascular Health Center, University of Michigan (body, education) University of Michigan - A large cosmopolitan university in the Midwest USA. Over 50000 students are enrolled at the University of Michigan's three campuses. The students come from 50 states and over 100 foreign countries. , found that women rated their heart disease no more severely than men, even though women had more symptoms, were taking more medications and had worse health status. The 490 respondents - 348 men and 142 women--were matched for race, age and similar type of acute coronary syndrome acute coronary syndrome
A sudden, severe coronary event that mimics a heart attack, such as unstable angina.
acute coronary syndrome , including heart attack and angina. The researchers believe that this "tough" attitude may help explain why women delay seeking medical care when they experience symptoms of acute coronary syndrome, such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass graft surgery Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Definition
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery is a surgical procedure in which one or more blocked coronary arteries are bypassed by a blood vessel graft to restore normal blood flow to the heart. . Women also tend not to go to post-heart attack rehab programs involving exercise and education to improve their health. Says Eva M. Kline-Rogers, nurse practitioner nurse practitioner
n. Abbr. NP
A registered nurse with special training for providing primary health care, including many tasks customarily performed by a physician. and one of the study's researchers: "Because women are the primary caregivers, they may ignore their symptoms when they feel there is no one to tend to their elderly mothers or critically ill husbands. But they need to realize that heart disease is the number one killer for women just as it is for men. They also should not ignore heart-attack symptoms that are more typical to women such as sudden and unusual fatigue, shortness of breath Shortness of Breath Definition
Shortness of breath, or dyspnea, is a feeling of difficult or labored breathing that is out of proportion to the patient's level of physical activity. that comes on suddenly and is persistent, unexplained back pain and nausea." (The American Journal of Medicine, vol. 118, Issue 11, pp. 1256-1261, November 2005).