The emergence of the myth
Not only doctors are responsible for the myth that women are less prone to heart disease. The press and advertising also contributed. Recall commercial television broadcasts. A very typical advertisement for healthy fats. His wife tells how she protects her husband from heart disease by preparing him low-cholesterol foods. Conclusion? Only the husband is at risk. She does everything necessary for him but not for her own good.
“Women are not offered to think about themselves in connection with the risk of developing heart disease, says Nancy Norvell, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the University of Tampa, Florida. These are men who need attention. For women at the hearing of the word "cancer." In the television melodrama, the heroine suffers from ovarian cancer, because it will cause a greater response in the female audience than heart disease. Women are constantly misleading, and they are deceiving themselves, believing that they are to some extent protected from heart disease for the reason that they are women. ”