Women and the dangers of heart disease





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Published on Dec 17, 2009

Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women each year

What you should know:
•Women are at a higher risk than men
•Symptoms are often confused with heartburn
•Preventable if treated early

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Hi, I'm Kenisha Carr and I'm a CVS pharmacist. Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 women each year. That is more than the number of women who die from all types of cancer combined.
There are many reasons why women are at a higher risk for fatal heart disease than men, such as gender differences, lack of knowledge of the symptoms, and less preventive screening in comparison to men. Although men on average develop heart disease 10 years earlier than women, more women now die of it, primarily because heart disease is most prevalent in the latter decades of life. On average, women live longer than men, thus women ultimately live long enough to succumb to the disease. Women's hearts are also smaller, beat faster, and have finer and more fragile arteries. Also, women experience less severe symptoms than the obvious crushing chest pain men experience during a heart attack. Preceding or during an attack, women may complain of chronic fatigue, indigestion, pain in the back or jaw, and heart palpitations, which can be confused as symptoms for heartburn or mental stress and lead to a delay in medical treatment. Early menopause plays a role in the higher risk. It deprives the body of estrogen's heart-protective benefits. Also, high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity are all causes that can be shared by either gender; there is evidence that they can cause worse consequences for women.
Cardiovascular disease is preventable if it's detected early. However, symptoms are often not noticed, and two-thirds of women who die of a heart attack have no prior symptoms, compared to only half of men. Studies show that doctors are less likely to screen women for their risk of heart disease than men, routinely overlook or discount their symptoms, and treat female patients less aggressively than males.
If you have any questions, talk to your doctor or CVS pharmacist. We're here to help.

Source: CVS Caremark Health Resources

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