Women discussed never experiencing chest pain as a symptom and instead thought they were having indigestion or heartburn. In addition, the majority of women were discussing how they were dismissive of the fact that they could be having a heart attack because they didn’t consider themselves part of an “at-risk” group because either they were “too young”, not overweight, didn’t smoke and had good cholesterol ratio.
In their online discussions women were also frequently trying to identify how their heart attack happened. When thinking back on their cardiac event, women were citing stress as the most common culprit. Other common risk factors identified included high blood pressure, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, genetics, cholesterol and obesity.
These women discussing heart disease online are not spending too much time lamenting the past, but are rather forward-looking in terms of how they will maintain their heart health. Changing one’s lifestyle is a very dominant theme among these online conversations. Eating healthy and exercising are the two most common trends among these “getting healthy” discussions.
“It’s clear that there’s a major education opportunity when it comes to women’s heart health,” says Ido Hadari, CEO of Treato. “As seen with women’s heart health, social data analytics have the potential to uncover significant population health challenges that need to be address by healthcare professionals.”
Find out more about Treato’s women’s heart disease analysis.
TreatoVoice is a unique data asset that continuously collects and analyzes more than two and a half billion patient and caregiver conversations happening across the Internet in real-time to understand what patients are saying about their experiences with their conditions and treatments. For this analysis Treato analyzed more than 600 female- specific heart health posts from more than 170 websites over the past year.