Heart-risk factors women should know about

Heart-risk factors women should know about

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Heart disease is a big threat for all and with women being just under 50 percent of the world's population, cardiovascular diseases are a real threat for them too.
Among the many factors that could lead to a heart disease, stress is one that affects everyone. Senior cardiologist Dr Santosh Kumar Dora says, “Stress may not cause direct harm to heart but it can lead to so many other things which are significant risk factors for heart disease.”

Senior interventional Cardiologist Dr Nilesh Gautam adds, adds, “Chronic headache, loss of appetite, breathlessness, chest tightness, lack of concentration span, reduced sleep, listlessness, lack of interest at workplace, negative mental thoughts are few of the indicators of stress.”
Talking about the key risk factors of heart disease in women, Dr Ramakanta Panda chief consultant for cardiovascular thoracic surgery says. “Most of the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease — such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity — affect both women and men. But for women, there are some other factors that are significant too.”

Mental stress and depression:
Stress and depression affect women's hearts more than men's.

Women with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease than are men with diabetes. Diabetes alters the way you feel pain. This can put you at greater risk of having a silent heart attack — without symptoms.

Pregnancy complications:
High blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy can increase the mother's long-term risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk of developing disease in smaller blood vessels.

Smoking is a greater risk factor for heart disease in women than it is in men.

This is a risk factor for both, but there is research that suggests that women are less active than men.

Family history of early heart disease:

This appears to be a greater risk factor in women than in men.

Inflammatory diseases:

Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and others can increase the risk of heart disease in both men and women.