CON­VER­SA­TIONS THAT MAT­TER

Vancouver Sun - - CITY -

Imag­ine this: some­one grabs their chest and col­lapses from a heart at­tack. Who did you envision? Prob­a­bly a mid­dle-aged over­weight guy, rather than a woman.

As a re­sult of that wide­spread stereo­type, heart dis­ease re­search has fo­cused pri­mar­ily on men. Yet heart dis­ease is an equal-op­por­tu­nity af­flic­tion that man­i­fests it­self dif­fer­ently in women than it does in men. So not only has fe­male heart dis­ease been un­der-re­searched, it is also fre­quently mis­di­ag­nosed and women are over-dy­ing as a re­sult.

Dr. Lara Boyd, of the Cen­tre for Brain Health, says this mis­con­cep­tion has cre­ated a gap in how women are treated when they com­plain of symp­toms and there is lit­tle re­search devoted to women’s car­dio­vas­cu­lar health.

We in­vited Boyd to join us for a Con­ver­sa­tion That Mat­ters about the facts and myths of heart dis­ease and women and where we go from here. See the video at van­cou­ver­sun.com/tag/ con­ver­sa­tions-that-mat­ter Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity’s Cen­tre for Di­a­logue presents Con­ver­sa­tions That Mat­ter. Join vet­eran Broad­caster Stu­art McNish each week for an im­por­tant and en­gag­ing Con­ver­sa­tion about the is­sues shap­ing our fu­ture.

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Dr. Lara Boyd

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