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Focus on Hearts in February Not Just About Valentine's Day

A lot of people around Kansas City may be seeing red in February. It’s not because they are unusually angry. It so happens that February is designated as American Heart Month and red is the color associated with the initiative intended to raise awareness about heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in American for both men and women. That alone makes the issue a worthy candidate for special attention, even beyond the month of February.

But the concern expressed by many in the medical profession is that doctors fail to diagnose it in women.

The result of that, whether due to negligence or medical error, can be a death that could have been prevented. Where such mistakes can be proven, compensation may be called for. Consulting an attorney can help determine if a case for such a claim exists.

Heart disease has the distinction of being known as a silent killer, especially of women. Experts say that’s because the symptoms tend to be different in women than in men. It’s only been in recent years that the distinctions have been identified and not everyone in the medical community is quite up to speed about the differences yet.

Most people likely associate heart issues with chest pain, but the American Heart Association says that’s not the only symptom to watch for. In fact, it may not even be the most prominent. The AHA says other signs that need to be looked for, again particular to women, include pain in the upper neck or back, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and nausea or vomiting.

The recommendation from the experts is that anyone with such signs should get tested for the possibility of heart disease.

Source: WIAT-TV, “Getting tested for heart disease,” Gina Redmond, Feb. 6, 2014