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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredAlthough men have a greater risk of heart attack than women, more women than men die of heart disease each year, and women are more likely to die within one year of heart attack than men. This may be because women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.
Despite the fact that more women than men die of heart disease each year (and this statistic has been true since 1984) - a truly alarming number of physicians mistakenly believe that this is still a man's disease. An American Heart Association survey in 2005 asked U.S. physicians if they were aware that more women than men die from heart disease annually, and the results were shocking: only 8% of family physicians knew this fact, and (even more shocking!) only 17% of CARDIOLOGISTS knew it.
An enduring but revealing sign of this systemic lack of awareness is the name that cardiologists use for the type of heart attack that I survived in 2008: it's known as the "widow maker" because of its deadly reputation of creating widows for the MEN who die from this type of cardiac event, thus continuing the stereotype that this is indeed only a man's problem.
Doctors, after all, don't call it the "widower maker" heart attack.