We all might have heard the fact that men are more prone to get heart attack and other heart diseases than women. But is it 100% true?
The recent research highlights- though men are more likely to suffer from heart attacks, women are more likely to die within a year from having a heart attack! It further reveals that those women who survived of heart attack, stayed in hospital for longer and had more complications.
Shocking, isn’t it?? Lets understand the reasons behind it by exploring this fact further...
Women are protected at young age
The sex hormone in women (estrogen) helps raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels in blood. HDL clears off bad cholesterol (LDL) from the body. This combined effect offers protection against heart diseases. Young women have good estrogen levels hence they are privileged!
What increases the risk?
- Menopause diminishes estrogen supply. So, once through the menopause, women carry equal risk of getting heart attacks as men do.
- Effect of hormonal protection wears off if a woman suffers from diabetes or high triglyceride levels.
- Additionally, unhealthy behaviors such as cigarette smoking, inactivity, junk food consumption, heavy alcohol consumption, high stress levels etc. nullify the effect of estrogen and put women at risk of developing heart attacks and other heart diseases. Men too need to be cautious as the same unhealthy behaviors heighten the risk of men by many folds!
What is the way out?
Considering above facts, it is very clear that both- men and women should be equally proactive in preventing heart attacks and other heart diseases. Women need NOT be relaxed with the impression that they are in the safe zone.
Inculcating a healthy lifestyle right from the young age and preventing obesity are the cornerstones of heart disease prevention for both- men and women. Along with this, measuring and monitoring your risk by regular medical checkups is crucial.