A new study found women who appeared healthy by being well-dressed, wearing makeup were less likely to be tested for symptoms of heart complication.
(Image source: Flattering50.com ) BY LOGAN TITTLE Thousands of women reportedly die every year because they are too well-dressed. Yeah — doesn’t sound right, does it? But according to a new study, women were only half as likely as men to be checked for symptoms of heart disease that lead to stroke or death simply because they were too well-groomed. (Via Daily Mail ) The researchers looked at more than 15,000 people and found women below the age of 70 were 56 percent less likely to be treated for atrial fibrillation than men with the same risk profile. And women over the age of 75 were 30 percent less likely to be given the same medication to treat the condition. Overall, women were one third less likely to receive the same treatment to reduce the risk of stroke. A writer for The Huffington Post points out the study’s comparison is between men and women — not between well-dressed women and not-so-well-dressed women, “ But the fact of the matter remains that women often alter their appearance with makeup and grooming that make them appear healthier than men.” This may be particularly alarming as a report from the Framingham Heart Study showed women had a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men. The data suggested women aged 55 years and older have a one in five chance of having a stroke during their lifetime. For men — one and six. But makeup and decent clothing aren’t exactly pro tips when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. It’s largely about what you put in your body, not on it. So why are health professionals making this mistake? The study’s lead researcher told The Telegraph , “Too often [doctors] will think if a female patient looks healthy, and dresses smartly, and looks after herself, she is probably okay.” To prevent this misstep, researchers encourage doctors to use better screening practices and educate patients about tests they can do at home.