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Women to benefit from private medical cover for heart problems?

Published on 30/11/2010
Women could benefit from discussing heart health problems with their private medical cover doctor or NHS GP, a new report has suggested.

According to a poll from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), despite the fact that heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer, many women are "in the dark" over heart health.

It found that only one in ten women over 50-years-old had discussed heart problems with their doctor.

Furthermore, less than half of UK women (47 per cent) said that they would call 999 immediately if they were suffering the symptoms of a heart attack.

More than one in ten (11 per cent) said they would go to bed and seven per cent admitted they would ignore the symptoms and carry on.

Dr Mike Knapton, BHF's associate medical director, said: "These results show serious gaps in the way women are thinking about their heart health. They highlight the common myth that heart disease is a middle-aged male health problem which simply doesn't affect women in the same way."

Figures show that almost 40,000 women die from heart disease each year in the UK.
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