When most people think of heart attacks, they picture sudden and traumatic chest pain. But heart attack symptoms can be mild and have different symptoms. The signs may also be different between men and women.
According to a new study, women wait longer than men to get treatment for their heart attacks. But it's not necessarily due to outright discrimination or even unconscious bias on the part of doctors and hospital staff. It's more likely due to our stereotypical idea of what a heart attack looks like.
Here's a little anecdote that shows how hard it is to get accurate data on risk. Just to keep things spicy, the "risk" involved is the likelihood of dying from a fatal heart attack during sex. It's more complicated than it seems.
Hypochondriacs, anxiety-disordered peeps and the truly paranoid, be advised: If you've got a sinking feeling, specifically the sense that something terrible is about to happen, you could have one of eight illnesses or conditions. You knew it, right? Victory! (Of a sort.)
A new study finds that skipping meals one day a month could help prevent a heart attack. The research, conducted at the University of Utah, observed that fasting for 24 hours cuts the risk of coronary disease by up to 40%. The authors of the study believe that a break from food helps "re-set" the body's metabolism,…