A study conducted by a health institution has stated that women are more likely to develop heart diseases than men.
Statement by a senior author
Dr. Susan Cheng, director of public health research at the Smidt Heart Institute at the Cedars – Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and senior author on the study stated “many of us in medicine have long believed that women simply catch up to men in terms of their cardiovascular risk.”
According to the research team, the study confirms that women have a different biology and physiology than their male counterparts. The study further reveals that women may be more susceptible to developing certain types of cardiovascular diseases and at different points in life.
Cardiovascular disease can refer to a number of diseases according to sources. The circulatory system supplies the body with blood. It consists of the heart, arteries, veins and capillaries. However, cardiovascular disease is now the most common cause of death worldwide and this makes it very alarming.
Common types of the circulatory disease include the coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure etc.
These heart diseases are caused by a number of factors which can be corrected. These include, unhealthy diet, smoking, lack of exercise, and also overweight.
Cardiologists at a heart institute in Los Angeles tracked 30,000 adults for almost four decades. The results showed that blood vessels in women from major arteries to tiny capillaries physically deteriorate and become less efficient at a faster rate than men. Also, the blood pressure gets worse at a younger age than it does in men who see a more sustained increase over time.
Further, the experts mentioned that the findings challenge the long held belief that heart diseases in women lag behind men by 10 to 20 years. Dr. Christine Albert, founding chair of the department of cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute, mentioned that “the study is yet another reminder to physicians that many aspects of our cardiovascular evaluation and therapy need to be tailored specifically for women.”
By Portia Gafah|@SEFBENONLINE.COM