Understanding How Heart Disease Affects Women
Heart disease affects men and women in different ways. For both genders, heart disease often involves the buildup of plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries, which reduces blood flow. The plaque can rupture, which causes a blood clot to form, potentially leading to a heart attack. While this series of events can occur in the same manner for men and women, cardiologists often warn women that heart disease affects many more women than it does men. In fact, more women die from heart disease than from cancer.
Plus, when women experience heart attacks, they are generally more severe than they are for men. Women are more likely to die than men during the first year after a heart attack. Furthermore, they’re much more likely to suffer a second heart attack. Diagnosing heart problems in women is often more challenging because women are more likely to experience much more subtle signs of a heart attack than men.
Women can protect themselves by working with a board-certified cardiologist to improve their heart health. Those in the Glendale, Peoria, and Avondale areas can call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305 to learn more about heart health.