I'm glad this thread is trending, but alongside it, there should be a discussion about why women who do complain of chest pain and are having actual heart attacks are systemically likely to be dismissed by medical providers as women having "anxiety": https://t.co/b8e08vuBuB https://t.co/TcqZdo8B1T
There's been a lot more coverage this year about medical providers (and not just male providers) ignoring serious pregnancy complications because women were dismissed as "hormonal" or "emotional" and unable to evaluate for themselves whether something was wrong.
This kind of dismissal affects women of color exponentially more. There's a study cited in Leslie Jamison's THE EMPATHY EXAMS (which I can't recommend enough, even though it's been out for a few years now) re: how medical professionals responded to reports of pain in patients.
When men and women reported the same levels of pain / symptoms, men were generally given painkillers; women were prescribed sedatives at a higher rate. And when you looked at race, it was way worse. Black people of any gender were prescribed sedatives more often.
It's easy to say academically, if you have these symptoms, definitely go to the doctor. But it's expensive, especially if you call an ambulance, even if you have the world's best health insurance. So if you're wrong, it could hurt you financially.
But also, if you have a history of being dismissed by medical professionals, it's a degrading and humiliating experience if you're wrong. You feel stupid for even thinking it was serious.