Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV - and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are *always* male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t - because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or bicep.
And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world.
Things I did not know, but should.
This is a post that might save a life.
My mom worked for 25 years as an ER nurse and is convinced that a lot of women die simply because folks only know heart attack symptoms that occur in males.
shit this is good to know: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/her-guide-to-a-heart-attack
A woman I worked for had a heart attack at work, I was right there— and she thought she was coming down with the flu, since she was lightheaded with back pain and nausea. She had no idea until she went to a doc-in-the-box. They ran an EKG and immediately sent her off to the ER, and thankfully she was okay. So there you go, real life example: we need to talk more about heart attack symptoms in women.
I’ve been a firefighter for eight years, and never once did we go over signs of a woman having a heart attack. Are we so afraid of breasts that, even when it comes to saving lives, we won’t show or talk about them?
By- Berta Pfirsich