Barbara Streisand is outraged about the gender inequality facing women’s heart disease.
The “man’s disease” is killing more women than all cancers combined; kills more women annually than men; and last year killed nearly 500,000 women in the United States according to the Huffington Post. The part that Streisand has an issue with is that despite these statistics, “only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies are women.”
“Throughout my life, gender inequality has always concerned me,” Streisand said. “Whether it’s making a movie about it or becoming involved in women’s issues. And in this case, gender really DOES matter when it comes to medical science. How can you treat a woman for a life-threatening ailment based on research done on men? Especially when women’s hearts are physiologically different than men’s hearts.”
So how can you treat women with heart disease based on research done on men? Right. You can’t.