Cause for Concern: Women More Likely to Shrug Off Heart Attack Symptoms

Feb 19, 2015

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While we can all agree that the prospect of a heart attack is serious, there is evidence that one group of people doesn’t take their own risk for heart attacks seriously.  And it’s a pretty big group.

The research from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that wo​men treat their own risks for heart attacks differently than their male counterparts.  And that is cause for concern – not just for women, but the doctors who might help them.  Doctor Joshua Liberman is a preventive cardiologist at Milwaukee’s Columbia-St. Mary’s health system, he joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about this issue.

"You know, the sad fact of the matter is that 80 to 90 percent of heart disease is entirely preventable," Liberman said. "In fact, the data over the last several decades is very clear that 80 percent of all chronic disease is self-inflicted by our lifestyles."