Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women

NewsGuard 100/100 Score
What women don’t know about heart disease can have life-threatening consequences. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women. The May issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource tracks trends in women’s heart disease.

In the last 40 years, there has been a big decline in the number of deaths related to heart disease for men and women. But the decline for men and women hasn’t been equal. Especially in the last decade, the decline in deaths from heart disease is slower for women than men. And incidence of heart attacks is increasing slightly in women, while it’s decreasing in men. Why the differences?

One culprit could be obesity. The prevalence of obesity among women, particularly among black and Hispanic women, is staggering and could explain at least in part the difference in heart disease trends between the sexes.

Another concern is lack of lack of awareness among women and care providers. Surveys show that women are far more concerned about breast cancer than heart disease. Women’s lack of knowledge about heart disease, combined with subtle but definite differences in symptoms from men, may lead women to neglect or delay seeking medical attention when needed.

When women do seek care, they must rely on doctors to recognize that symptoms are heart-related. Doctors are becoming more aware of heart disease in women and the need to understand the implications of any chest discomfort and unusual symptoms. http://www.mayo.edu


The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News Medical.
Post a new comment

While we only use edited and approved content for Azthena answers, it may on occasions provide incorrect responses. Please confirm any data provided with the related suppliers or authors. We do not provide medical advice, if you search for medical information you must always consult a medical professional before acting on any information provided.

Your questions, but not your email details will be shared with OpenAI and retained for 30 days in accordance with their privacy principles.

Please do not ask questions that use sensitive or confidential information.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.

You might also like...
Regular use of fish oil supplements linked to increased heart disease risk in healthy individuals