BEACON TRANSCRIPT – According to a recent study, it would seem the risk of suffering from a deadly heart attack is higher in women than in more. Moreover, the reason why heart attacks are more common among women than men is because female patients often choose to ignore their symptoms.
The study in question has been performed by Doctor Laxmi Mehta, a researcher working at the Ohio University who is also the director of the WCHP (Woman’s Cardiovascular Health Program). Following closely the latest research of the American Heart Association, the doctor and her team of scientists focus on the aspectual relation of heart attacks in women.
According to the AHA, approximately 53.000 women die each year due to violent heart attacks. The same institution explains that the reason behind this development is that women pay less attention to heart-related symptoms than men.
Moreover, over the years, all the awareness campaigns were mainly focused on the male patients and less on female patients. Doctor Mehta said that even if the symptoms of heart attacks are slightly different in women than in men, a lot of female patients do not seek medical advice in time.
In fact, according to the study’s estimations, it would seem that approximately 26 percent of women die in the year following their first attacks. The percentage can be called quite significant compared to the death rate of male patients (19 percent).
Also, the study points out the fact that statewide, the problem is much more severe. Approximately 40 percent of individuals who perish due to heart attacks are women.
Although the symptoms are slightly in female patients than in male patients, there are a couple general signs which indicated if someone is going to have a heart attack. The most common symptoms associated with the imminence of a heart attack are shortness of breath, chest pains, a discomfort in the chest area and pains in the upper part of your left arm.
The main cause of heart attacks is clogged arteries. Although the phenomenon is similar for both genders, the medical researchers have discovered that, in the case of female patients, this blockage has an increased chance of thinning out the artery’s wall thus damaging it.
Moreover, a female patient can exhibit additional symptoms before the actual heart attack such as nausea, vomiting, a feeling of uneasiness, back pains or jaw pains.
The team also managed to discover that the incidence of heart attacks is even higher among African-American women.