Heart disease is common these days. While a sedentary lifestyle has played a major role in deteriorating heart health in recent years, COVID-19 also weakens the heart. Both men and women suffer from heart disease, but the reasons may differ for both. Many studies have shown that women are more prone to heart disease. According to the Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention, one in five women in the United States dies from a heart attack.
A report published in The Lancet last year also pointed out that cardiovascular disease was increasing among women in all countries, including India. The study also called for attention and awareness so that the numbers can be reduced by 2030.
Symptoms of heart attack vary in men and women, due to which women do not pay attention to declining heart health and often ignore the symptoms until they become life-threatening. There are many underlying reasons for the increased rate of heart attacks in women that require immediate attention. Let’s look at some of the reasons why heart disease is increasing among women around the world.
Menopause marks the end of the menstrual cycle in women. Women usually have their last menstrual cycle after the age of 50. Due to menopause, the level of estrogen hormone decreases, which leads to an increased risk of heart attack.
- Pregnancy complications
Some women may face many complications during their pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, which can block or, even worse, burst blood vessels supplying blood and oxygen to the brain, eventually leading to heart failure.
Diabetes brings many other problems like high blood pressure and cholesterol. Due to high blood sugar and cholesterol, blood vessels clog, creating pressure on the heart. If not controlled in time, diabetes can become a reason for cardiac arrest.
- Stress or depression
An unbalanced emotional state eats away at a woman’s heart at a higher rate than a man’s. Stress and depression make it difficult for a person to live a healthy life, leading to poor choices. An unhealthy lifestyle puts heart health at risk, making women more prone to heart attacks.
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