Hello- I was about to go to sleep early tonight, when I came across a post on facebook that I’ve decided needs addressing. I am a woman who has worked in cardiology for my entire career. I have been a doctor for over 2 decades, and have worked for the American Heart Association.
The post was regarding the current go red for women’s campaign from the American Heart Association. As you may or may not be aware, this is a campaign sponsored by the government to rise awareness in women about cardiovascular health.
This post was by the official facebook page of my son’s high school, aimed at the students and raising awareness in heart disease risks in young people.
But here’s the problem- the entire program was aimed at heart disease awareness in women and girls. All the information was presented as “for girls”, and no mention was made of boys.
The post was encouraging parents and students to take note of leaflets that were to be given out in school tomorrow with heart disease prevention tips.
Now, I am a mother of 2 sons and a daughter. One of my sons is 18 >years old and in high school- the school were the leaflets were being distributed. He brought one home and asked me about it, and honestly, I was quite shocked. The leaflet only made mentions of heart disease prevention for women-and only women. In fact, the leaflets were only handed out to girls. My son wasn’t even given one!
Needless to say, I wasn’t pleased to see my son being completely excluded from such important health education. It left a very bad impression on the students-a few boys were left with the impression that men didn’t get heart attacks or heart disease, and only had to worry about cancer.
What was the absolute worst was what I noticed on the back of the leaflet- the program was sponsored by the American Heart Association.
This made me very upset. It is NOT right to leave teenage boys out of potentially life saving medical education because they happened to be born male.
However troubling this may be, it is unfortunately unsurprising. As part of my work with the American heart association (AHA), I have a first hand role in the creation of public programs, and overall association research and directive. Throughout the years, I have noticed a growing trend that has been seeping in through the cracks that I can stay silent on no longer.
Men’s heart health is being heavily restricted due to feminist influence. As unusual as it may seem, it’s the truth. Numerous national women’s lobby groups have gained significant ground in the political direction of healthcare in the government.
The go red for women campaign is intended to raise awareness in women’s heart disease. The campaign is justified by the claim that women have been left out of heart disease research, and that women’s heart health is behind that of men’s.
The truth is, heart disease was and continues to be significantly worse for men than women. There is no doubt that from the perspective of a cardiologist, it is much more advantageous to be a woman.
As a woman, I must admit that I am secretly very relieved to be female- I see first hand how much younger and more easily men die from heart disease. I can also assure you, as someone who has spent 25 years in cardiology treating patients and overseeing research, you couldn’t find a single female cardiologist who-if being completely honest- doesn’t feel the same way.
Statistics overwhelming paint a grimmer picture for men.
The average age for a first heart attack in men is about 64.
For women, the average age for first heart attack is about 73.
About 40% of men will suffer a heart attack in their lifetime.
For women, this number is 15%.
The average age of death from all heart disease is 70 for men.
For women, it’s 84.
21% of men over the age 65 have Coronary heart disease.
This number is 10% for women.
Every cardiologist on the planet will tell you- heart disease is much worse for men.
You may have seen the often quoted fact that more women die of heart disease than men, and this is true- but it isn’t as black and white as it seems.
The simple fact is that so many more men than women die before the age of 70, that there simply aren’t enough men left to die in heart disease at equal numbers with women. More women die of heart disease in old age simply because there are more women who reach old age in the first place. Men still have higher rates of heart disease at all ages, and are more likely to die of heart disease at all ages.
It is often said that the reason more attention needs to be paid to women’s heart than men’s is because historically, most cardiovascular research was conducted on men.
But this quite misleading.
More research was done on men in the past because so many more men actually did die from heart disease from women. The life expectancy was lower, so most people didn’t live enough to reach the age where women died from heart disease.
The truth is, the historical heart research that was conducted on men had an almost equal benefit for men and women. It did very little to close the gender gap, and men continue to develop and die from heart disease at a statistically significant younger age, on average.
It’s commonly known the the U.S life expectancy is around 75 for men, and 80 for women. However, life expectancy doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s an estimation based on a few murky inconsistencies in research.
Many doctors prefer to look at average age of death. This is the age where people most commonly die- the age where the majority of people die.
When average age of death (AAD) is considered, the gap is much wider.
Doctors commonly use the 65% range- the range where 65% of people will die.
65% of American men die between the ages of 68-72.
In comparison , 65% of American women will die between 83-90.
This is a 15 year difference. This means that on average, men die of “old age” 15 years younger than women do.
Currently, very little heart research is currently being done on men by the AHA. Nearly all new research is focused on women’s cardiovascular research. We are given directives to conduct research aimed exclusively at women, and for the last 2 years, 95% of research subjects have been women.
As a mother of 2 sons, I am NOT ok with this. Very few doctors are. However, if anybody tries to speak, they are immediately suppressed and silenced. They are pressured to stay quiet. Their careers are threatened.
This is because the pressure of feminism is forcing the American medical system to alter scientific truth in favor of political leverage and favoritism. Feminist groups have gained very large lobbying power and have gained substantial influence in the medical field.
There isn’t much I can do about this in my position, except for telling as many people as I possibly can. Until more people are aware of this and demand something be done, it’s only going to get worse.
Now I really am exhausted and must retire to bed.
Thank you for your time.