Temecula Area Cardiologist Ernst von Schwarz, MD Warns That Women’s Heart Disease Symptoms Are Often Misdiagnosed

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In a story broadcast on ABC News, Dr. Von Schwarz says the issue of women and heart disease is serious, as many women go undiagnosed, are misdiagnosed by their doctor or receive the wrong treatments.

Women often experience unique warning signs of heart disease which can be mistaken for other issues or ignored completely by their doctors.

Dr. Ernst von Schwarz says that women often experience unique warning signs of heart disease which can be mistaken for other issues or ignored completely by their doctors. “This can be especially dangerous in younger women who may not realize that they are at risk. Fortunately, women can learn how to be better advocates for themselves when seeing their health care providers.” 

ABC 7 news in Los Angeles interviewed Dr. von Schwarz and his patient in a story showing how heart disease in women is often misunderstood. Link to the story: https://youtu.be/hg_XGR1JWSg

Tara, now 40, first learned that she had heart disease at age 29. Tara was misdiagnosed for several years although she complained of multiple symptoms including recurring chest pains and a racing heart. Tara was told by doctors that she was just "too stressed" or was "drinking too much coffee." Eventually Tara ended up in a hospital emergency room in shock from a pain medication she used for the first time. In the ER, Tara’s heart function was found to be "extremely low" and Dr. von Schwarz was called in to assess her. Tara ultimately underwent several procedures including having a pacemaker implanted and surgery to repair a damaged heart valve.

About a year after her heart valve surgery Tara learned that she was pregnant. She was advised by her primary care physicians that her pregnancy would present a serious risk to her health, but Tara was determined to have at least one child with her husband. When her doctors were reluctant to care for her during her pregnancy she turned to Dr. von Schwarz who saw her through to term. Tara beat the odds, ultimately giving birth to healthy twin boys who are now 8 years old. 

Ernst von Schwarz, MD, PhD, is a triple board certified internist, cardiologist and heart transplant cardiologist. He practices in Los Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills and Murrieta / Temecula, CA
For more information visit http://www.drernstschwarz.com.

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