Why Women Are Increasingly At Risk For Heart Attacks And Strokes

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Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. According to a recent study, women are increasingly at risk and certain factors to take into account are especially relevant to them.

More than a million patients are hospitalized each year for cardiovascular problems. These disorders, which affect the heart and blood vessels, represent one of the leading causes of death.

If cardiovascular diseases have fallen for several years in the second place of the first causes of death in men. In women, heart attacks or even strokes remain the leading cause of death.

And a recent Swiss study confirms these figures, ensuring that women are increasingly at risk of cardiovascular disease.

The work of a team of researchers from the University of Zurich, which was presented at a conference of the European Stroke Organization (ESOC) in late August, reveals that certain risk factors for heart attack or stroke were significantly increasing in women.

Surprisingly, the risk factors mentioned by the authors are not the most common, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or even cholesterol.

Although they found that men were more likely to smoke and be obese, the factors that increasingly affected the women they identified would be the so-called "non-traditional" risk factors, such as stress at work, sleep disorders and fatigue.

By comparing the medical data of 22,000 people, men and women, collected in 2007, 202 and 2017, Dr. Martin Hansel, neurologist and Dr. Susanne Wegener, professor of neurology at the University of Zurich, were able to observe that these "Los "Non-traditional" risk factors have increased "alarmingly" in women in recent years.

Fatigue, stress ... Why do these cardiovascular disease risk factors affect women more and more?

"Our study found that men were more likely to smoke and be obese than women, but women reported a greater increase in non-traditional risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, such as stress at work, sleep disorders and feeling fatigued, "explained Dr. Martin Hansel and Dr. Susanne Wegener.

For the authors, the worrying increase in these risk factors among women coincides with the fact that more women have been working full time.

This increase coincides with the number of women working full time. The juggling between work and domestic responsibilities or other socio-cultural aspects can be a factor, as well as the specific health demands of women that may not be taken into account in our daily "busy" lives, the specialists explain.

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