The heart risks in women remain underreported in the media, less of a priority with their doctors, and often misdiagnosed in emergency situations.
A worldwide perception that heart disease is a “man’s problem” persists despite more women dying annually than men from the #1 killer in the world since 1984.Roughly two-thirds of women experience no symptoms before having a heart attack or stroke. Click To Tweet
Roughly two-thirds of women experience no symptoms before having a heart attack or stroke, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Worse, if they do have symptoms, they’re ignored! Why would a woman ignore such a deadly situation?
Probably because most women expect a “heart attack” is going to be the same for them that it is in the movies. When heart events are depicted in fiction mediums such as movies, television shows, and books, they’re pretty much textbook examples…of when men have heart attacks.
The massive media coverage of cardiovascular disease in men has caused a decrease every year for two decades in the number of men who die from heart attack or stroke.
When a disease kills approximately 8 million women every year, I definitely consider it a problem we need to be looking at more closely. It’s a “men and women” problem!
Download the free report “Why Your Heart is Modern Medicine’s Deadliest Blind Spot” right now for excellent information about the heart risks for women and the symptoms for which you must remain vigilant.
Heart events for us can be very different. Science has now proven that circumstances that get women to the point of imminent heart attack can also be different.
Stress and the Heart Risks in Woman
The standard heart risks for women and men have been the same for more than a decade. Age, obesity, poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, consuming too much alcohol, and high blood pressure are well-known. It’s only in the last decade that stress (and the rampant inflammation it causes) is being named loud and clear in a long list of serious diseases.
Recently, the Medical University of Vienna released their findings regarding the effect of long-term stress on women’s heart health. Researchers wanted to know why so many women younger than the post-menopause average age of 55 were dying from heart attack or stroke.
The answer they discovered was stress. In particular, that stress affects the hearts of women more strongly than it does men. Stress, over time, manifests in the heart.Stress affects the hearts of women more strongly than it does men. #fighttheladykillerClick To Tweet
Professor of Gender Medicine at the university, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, pointed out heart risks for women overall (such as obesity, diabetes, and smoking) seem to have a far greater impact than they do in men with the same risks.
“Women have a different age distribution, other clusters of risk factors and the vascular changes in the heart also differ morphologically [structurally]. The diagnosis and therapy are often more difficult: examinations such as ECG or ergometry are less conclusive; even the heart attack blood markers in women could be improved with new, specific limit values and new gender-specific biomarkers could be established,” explained Kautzky-Willer.
She went on to say that the burden of stress can be reduced by incorporating habits into daily life that help lower women’s heart risks naturally before cardiovascular disease develops.
All in all, women are still putting everyone and everything else above your own health. This realization is a recurring theme in major diseases and conditions over the past ten years. We actually stress and worry ourselves to sickness, to depression, to death.
It has to stop.
Every few months, another scientific article is released that talks about the urgency of lowering stress in your daily life. It has never been more important than in the case of your heart health.
Experts estimate that 80% of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes. You can lower the stress in your daily life (physically, mentally, emotionally) with small changes. You can improve your diet and get rid of dangerous habits.Experts estimate 80% of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes. #fightheartdiseaseClick To Tweet
You can do this. You need to do this.
Stress doesn’t have to break your body down. Heart disease doesn’t have to take your life. You can take control. Read the free report “Why Your Heart is Modern Medicine’s Deadliest Blind Spot” right now. Learn what you need to watch for and how you can lower heart risks for women (yourself or those you love).
None of us want to lose another person to a disease that has such a high rate of prevention. Let’s work together to start fighting back against the #1 killer in the world.