In what ways are women uniquely impacted by cardiac illness?

Requested and Answered by Chapster on 18-Jan-2008 00:13

In what ways are women uniquely impacted by cardiac illness?

I am not a woman nor do I play one on TV. All joking aside, I have it from cardiology experts who have made the care of women a sort of specialty (among those experts, Melissa Carry, MD) that women feel a unique connection with their body that men may not share in quite the same way. They feel they know their body, it's rhythms and nuances. Thus, when their heart begins to have problems, it may be a tremendous shock to them and they often feel betrayed and let down. It can be quite a discouraging experience because it feels that the connection that they have had with their body has let them down.

As such, there is an element of adapting to the reality of cardiac illness that may be very much a head game in which a woman has to talk herself through understanding what has gone on and may need to process it. Significant others may be able to help with this process by helping a woman know that this reaction is normal and that the human heart, especially in females, sometimes does not have the ability to forewarn. Self-talk may be very helpful in this process of coming to terms both with a cardiac event and with an understanding of the body connection.

You may also want to look at the following links specific to women and heart disease:

The Heart Truth
The National Coalition for Women and Heart Disease

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