Heart Risk In Men And Women: Which Is Higher

Heart Risk In Men And Women: Which Is Higher

New Delhi: Heart disease is very common nowadays among both men and women. The most common heart attack symptom in women is some sort of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest.

It is more difficult to establish the diagnosis of heart disease in women.

Following Are The Risk Factors:

1. Women generally present about 10 years later than men.

2. Women present with a greater risk-factor burden.

3. Women are less likely than men to have typical angina.

4. Women who present to the emergency room  with new onset chest pain are approached and diagnosed less aggressively than men.

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5. Women have more chances to present with angina than heart attack but when they present with heart attack it is more fatal.

6. Many cases of heart attack in women go unrecognized, particularly at younger ages or in patients with diabetes.

7. All women with intermediate or higher risk shoyld be evaluated.

8. Treadmill exercise testing has a higher false-positive rate in women (for the diagnosis of obstructive coronary artery disease).

9. The prevalence of significant coronary disease found at the time of angiography is lower in women than men presenting with chest pain.

10. Most women with chest pain and no evidence of blockages on coronary angiography have cardiac syndrome X or microvascular disease, or far more rarely, takotsubo cardiomyopathy or coronary dissection.

                                                                      

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