Women suffering heart attacks more likely to be misdiagnosed

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We tend to think that people who suffer heart attacks are middle aged, overweight men, but it’s something that can happen to anyone. In many cases, the symptoms of a heart attack remain unrecognized and study shows that 30% of people were misdiagnosed, of which most were women.

Researchers from the University of Leeds studied 600,000 heart attack patients over nine years, revealing the abovementioned worrying number. It seems that the source of this problem is the lack of education and awareness among the public, but also among doctors. Women don’t recognize they are having a heart attack and go to their GP instead of A&E directly, resulting in a late diagnosis. Heart attack A heart attack occurs when the oxygen-rich blood flow to our heart muscle gets blocked or severely reduced, and strikes someone every 43 seconds. Symptoms can vary, but common signs are tightness, pain or a burning Read more

Protect your heart, eat Mediterranean

Ingredients of the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is known to be good for people’s health and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. But does this also count for people who already have a history of cardiovascular diseases? A new study reveals that it does…

The Study undertaken by Giovanni de Gaetano of the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy, shows that those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, can still benefit from eating a Mediterranean diet; lowering the risk of mortality in the years to come. It is said that it may be even more effective than some cholesterol-lowering medications. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally. De Gaetano’s study followed 1,200 people with a history of cardiovascular diseases over seven years. Results reveal that those who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had a 37% lower risk of mortality. What is the Mediterranean diet? The Read more

“With a heart attack, there is no reverse gear”

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Head of Cardiology at Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, member of the European Society of Cardiology and Scientific Advisor to Best Doctors, Prof. José Luis Zamorano tells us …about the latest advances in the field, the importance of technology, the increasing presence of healthcare services in our daily lives and the use of “smart” drugs programmed to work directly on a specific target.

An interview with Prof. José Luis Zamorano Is the heart forever doomed to be a leading cause of death? Are humans just designed that way? Heart conditions are responsible for 35% of deaths around the world, which means 1 out of every 3 people. We know the heart well enough in order to be able to better prevent cardiovascular diseases. There is room for improvement and we need to act on that. So since it is one of the main causes of death, shouldn’t heart conditions be one of the fundamental research objectives for all countries? Research hasn’t stopped. What is more, it is Read more