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Why are More Women Than Men Dying of Heart Disease?
Posted By Alejandra Owens On November 3, 2011 @ 9:43 am In Personal Health | Comments Disabled
Ladies, let’s have a heart-to-heart…about our hearts.
And the good news is that overall, deaths from heart disease have decreased since 1984. But women are dying from heart disease in greater numbers than men, and doctors are beginning to pinpoint why.
In 10 to 30 percent of women, versus a much smaller percentage of men, heart disease gets sneaky . Rather than blocking your arteries, which would show up in a standard angiogram, the disease causes the arteries to not dilate and constrict properly, preventing blood and oxygen from reaching the heart.
The really scary thing is, less than 25 percent of these types of patients will receive any treatment.
Physicians need to be on higher alert for these types of symptoms, but in the meantime you can work to reduce your risk  and continue to ask questions of your doctor if you’re still having symptoms, despite your angiogram being clear.
Photo credit: oedipusphinx  on Flickr
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URLs in this post:
 Heart disease is the #1 killer in America: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm
 exercise more, eat healthier, and quit smoking: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease-prevention/WO00041
 heart disease gets sneaky: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-10-2011/heart-disease-detection-in-women-health-discovery.html
 work to reduce your risk: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-01-2011/the_real_fountain_of_youth.html
 oedipusphinx: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oedipusphinx/
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