Statistics indicate that heart diseases and stroke cause one in three female deaths every year around the world, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Additionally, about 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. There is a higher lifetime risk of stroke in women than in men and what exacerbates this situation is that the symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and are often misunderstood. Though the risk factors are many, lifestyle changes and awareness can prevent about 80% of these heart disease and stroke events.
Speaking about this, Dr Deep Chandra Pant, HOD-Department of Medicine & Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Shri Ram Murthy Smarak Institute of Medical Sciences, Bareilly said, “The traditional risk factors for heart disease include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. However, there are specific risk factors that play a role in the development of heart disease in women. Some of these include diabetes, mental stress and depression, smoking, lack of physical activity, menopause, broken heart syndrome, and complications during pregnancy. It is imperative for women in all age groups to take the risk factors associated with this condition seriously. Those with a family history of heart disease should pay more heed.”