Musings in the life of an internist, cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Sexism in Government Heart Health Programs
I saw this ad campaign sprinkled around O'hare airport last evening:
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Ask yourself: are the symptoms depicted in this ad any different for men? Why aren't men targetted similarly? Since men are affected by heart disease more frequently than women, why are men being neglected? Are men's tax dollars paying for these ads? Do men also have a separate division similar to WomensHealth.gov called to MenHealth.gov? (No, it seems men's health issues have been relegated to a subdirectory of WomensHealth.gov)
While understand the importance of increasing awareness of heart disease in women, let's not forget the issue of heart disease is just as important (if not more so) for men.