Why Are So Many Women Ignoring Heart Attack Symptoms?

October 30, 2014 3:53 PM

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Though heart symptoms are similar for both men and women, the way that people perceive their symptoms and the point at which they are moved to seek medical help can vary widely.

Women may be more likely than men to exhibit an 'optimism bias' -- a cognitive bias that causes them to believe they are less at risk for negative outcomes than they actually are -- than men, which can keep them from seeking medical assistance and could worsen their condition, according to new resea...

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