Heart attacks have been steadily rising among women since the year 2000. Only 30 years ago the percentage of men and women suffering heart attacks was 5.2%. But today this figure has reached a staggering a staggering 25%. Subsequent to the year 2000, the number of women who have died because of heart attacks has reached the number of men who have died because of the same thing. At one time only women above 50 years of age were in danger of heart attacks. But now even women between 30 to 40 years of age face the danger of a heart attack. The figure relating to the number of women between 30 to 40 years of age who have died because of heart attacks has doubled in the last 30 years. So what are the reasons for the rising trend of heart attacks among women today and what can be done to prevent this? Let us discuss this.
Reasons for rising heart attacks among women today
High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes are some reasons why both men and women suffer heart attacks. But in addition to these there are other factors that can cause heart attacks among women. These are-
Symptoms of heart attack
The symptoms leading to a heart attack are difficulty in breathing, getting pain in the neck, jaw or the upper portion of one's back and getting pain the the chest area. Sometimes this pain can also travel to the hands, waist and stomach. Other symptoms of a forthcoming heart attack are vomiting, sweating, giddiness, trouble in talking, confusion and not being able to see properly. Some heart patients can exhibit one or more of these symptoms while others do not display any of these symptoms at all! Often women who get one or more of these symptoms tend to ignore them. If these symptoms tend to appear again and again, they should not be ignored.
Why are women more prone to heart attacks?
Women are also more prone to heart attacks as their coronary arteries are smaller than that of women. A block in this can cause a heart attack more easily than in men. This can cause death easily.
When does a check up become necessary?
The check up of your heart becomes necessary today if-
There is a compilation of all the relevant points needed to be taken into consideration but as far as I have seen in our family - set up at least in Indian - families, ladies don't have the time to ponder over their health issues. They constantly think of the well being of their near and dear ones and even on the health parameters they would give maximum stress for the other family members suffering from the same problem with which they, too, are suffering. This attitude is prevalent to all educated or otherwise. We need to change our values so that we can take a precautionary measure in case of detection of any abnormality relating to heart health. Moreover, every care should be taken up to ensure the healthy functioning of heart of women. The husbands should take proactive roles in this regard.
Read the article. This is definitely an useful article which has provided valuable tips to avoid heart-related ailments. However, I would like to state that the heart-related problem is increasingly affecting the population of India cutting across the barriers of gender and age. I mean to say that people from all age-groups irrespective of the gender are being affected from heart-related ailments because of drastic changes in life-style and food-habits and more stress in life. However, I can't fully agree with the author's observation that women are affected because of their emotional nature. In earlier days also, women were emotional, but heart-related problems have always been comparatively less among women.