Barbra Streisand shares her own tale regarding heart illness.

Barbra Streisand, who rose to popularity in the 1970s, is well aware of gender inequity, but the singer and actor was taken aback when she discovered that prejudice extended to the hospital emergency department. Ms Streisand tells this month’s InStyle magazine that when her mother, Diana, was diagnosed with heart disease at 81 and required emergency bypass surgery, she realized that misconceptions about the ailment were leading women to die prematurely. According to her, “I later learned about the scope of the epidemic and was startled to discover that heart disease kills more women than men,” she continues. “It is more fatal to humans than all other types of cancer combined.

Heart disease affects women’s hearts differently than men’s, yet the majority of research is conducted on men,” she explains. “Because of this, women aren’t getting the same chance at life, and it’s unacceptable.” Ms. Streisand founded the Women’s Heart Alliance in 2014 and has since advocated for increased funding for research and awareness. She feels the problem should be addressed in numerous ways, beginning with a viral-style campaign comparable to Breast Cancer Awareness and the introduction of the pink ribbon. She also claims that doctors do not pay enough attention to women’s complaints and fail to recognize the differences between them and men’s.

Many individuals are unaware that women’s symptoms are frequently different and more subtle than men’s, resulting in misdiagnoses. Our initial symptoms of a heart attack may be nausea, backaches, acute exhaustion, or shortness of breath, rather than the Hollywood depiction of crushing chest pain, which is more typical in men,” she explains. Women’s health remains at risk even after a heart attack. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Ms Streisand stated, “Many people are unaware that women who have heart attacks are more likely than men to die within a year.”

She also discussed the so-called “Yentl syndrome,” which refers to evidence that women who suffer heart attacks do not receive the same level of care as men. Research into women’s experiences with the disease is equally limited. According to Streisand, “Most [people] have no clue that heart research is primarily done on males, right down to the mice in the labs.” Ms Streisand says the purpose of the Women’s Heart Alliance’s stunning commercial campaign (below) to raise awareness about this “ladykiller” is to urge women to be proactive about their risk.

Women are at the heart of their families and frequently put their personal well-being last. We must encourage them to prioritize their health by speaking with their doctors, knowing about risk factors, and being examined annually,” she told InStyle. “I reflect on the death of so many moms, sisters, wives, daughters, and friends. I will continue to discuss this topic at every event and dinner party I attend until we achieve progress.”

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