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Cardiovascular risk factors.

You are a medical student working at the emergency room. You are asked to assess a patient:

Ms Mirna Jones is a 45 year old African Canadian woman divorced with three children. She is overweight. The patient presents with a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, feeling dizzy and faint, chronic back pain and nausea.


How do you feel when this patient comes to see you? What do you think of her? Be honest. What biases might you have about this patient?


What usually happens when a woman presents with those symptoms?