Health Headlines: Are Men Scared of Doctors?

Plus: Heart attacks are twice as deadly for women, migraines can cause brain lesions, and more health headlines.

Heart attacks are twice as deadly for women, possibly due to women being less likely to call for help, according to a new study in France. According to the study, women wait longer to get help, show up at the hospital with more serious cases, are more likely to have complications, spend more time in the hospital and, unfortunately, are twice as likely to die from heart attack. [Cleveland Clinic]

Brain lesions may develop at a higher rate in women who get migraines than in women who don’t according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Other risk factors include high blood pressure and smoking. Brain lesions are linked with higher risks of death, dementia and stroke, and possibly cognitive functioning and brain processing speed. [JAMA]

Are men scared of doctors? According to Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, head of the International Society of Men’s Health and a urologist in New York City, many men go to the doctor for the first time in their 40s, and on a stretcher after a heart attack. At least 40 percent of men in their 40s have never had a cholesterol test and one-third refuse to go for annual check-ups, according to Shabsigh. He also notes, it’s the same for oral care. Men go for dental-maintenance visits less often than women. Ew. [NBC News]

If you are a vegan, Thanksgiving could be your least favorite holiday. Here is a yummy vegan sweet potato pie with whipped coconut cream recipe, just because. Happy holidays! [Fit Sugar]