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Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women)

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - How to prevent?

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Causes and Risk Factors

Risk Factors
Diabetes
Diabetes and prediabetes raise the risk of coronary artery disease more in women than in men. In fact, having diabetes almost doubles a woman’s risk of developing heart disease.

High blood pressure
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) usually occurs without any symptoms. Women who have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg are at increased risk for coronary artery disease. A normal healthy blood pressure is below 120/80 mmHg.

High cholesterol
High cholesterol also occurs without any symptoms, and even skinny women can have high cholesterol. The build-up of excess cholesterol causes narrowing of the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart.

Obesity
People who have excess body fat – especially located around the waist – are more prone to developing heart disease and stroke. Overweight women are 55% more at risk of developing heart disease than men.

Smoking
Smokers have 2 to 3 times the risk of non-smokers for sudden cardiac death. Female smokers are twice as likely as male smokers to have a heart attack.

Psychosocial factors
Depression is twice more prevalent in women with heart attacks. Acute stress is associated with takotsubo cardiomyopathy or ‘broken heart syndrome’, especially in women.

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Diagnosis

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Preparing for surgery

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Post-surgery care

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Other Information

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