Peggy McCarthy // Conn. Health I-Team Writer
Standard medical testing for heart disease is based on research on men, whose chest pains are primarily attributed to blockages in major arteries, according to Dr. Samit Shah, an interventional cardiologist at Yale New Haven Hospital. But women often have heart disease that isn’t caused by such blockages, and their symptoms may not even include chest pains, said Shah.
Veterans’ eating disorders are associated with exposure to trauma and pressure to meet military weight and fitness requirements. Also, women who have been sexually assaulted in the military are disposed to eating disorders, she said.