Heart disease is often thought that it is only for men, so you might be surprised to hear it is actually just as common amongst women. Though only few women believe heart disease is the greatest threat to her health, heart disease is actually the one of the leading cause of death. Read our blog shared by Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Cardiologist in Fortis Faridabad to learns more about the types, causes, and symptoms of heart disease.
Women have a 50% higher chance than men of receiving the wrong early diagnosis following a heart attack. 80% of heart disease and stroke may be prevented by lifestyle change and learning.
What is heart disease and what causes it?
Heart disease is a term that is used to refer to the whole continuum of heart conditions, a range that includes congenital heart defects, arrhythmias, or a hardening of the arteries. These conditions often lead to life-threatening events such as heart attack or stroke. There are a number of risk factors for heart disease, the most significant one being age, with heart disease affecting 85% of people over 80 years old. Lifestyle and behaviors including smoking, poor diet, and stress also contribute to heart disease.
Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke – so much so that it’s known as a “silent killer” as it often has no symptoms.
What is hypertension? How does it contribute to heart disease in women?
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that is affects 1 in 3 adults, nearly half of this population being women. High blood pressure is a disease in which the blood flows through your arteries at higher pressures than normal. As compared to men with the same level of hypertension, women have a greater chance of resulting heart disease.
When your blood pressure stays within a healthy range you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries and kidneys, keeping you healthier for longer. The best way to ensure your blood pressure is within a healthy range, and not putting you at risk, is to know your numbers. You can do this through frequent measuring of your blood pressure.
So, it is clear that every woman needs to take her heart disease risk seriously—and take action now to reduce that risk. When you are dealing with a complex health condition like heart disease, consult with Dr. Sanjay Kumar -our top heart specialists & cardiology experts for more details. To schedule an appointment, call +91-9818403954 or visit https://www.drsanjaykumar.co.in