Heart Disease in Women

Heart Disease in Women
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) affects over 13 million people and the numbers are alarmingly increasing for women. Several large-scale trials, such as Women's Health Initiative and the Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation, have both increased awareness on patients, characteristics, diagnosis, and outcomes in women. The differences in symptoms between women and men in the same group of patients have been examined in only a few studies. Evaluation of the differences between men and women is important because the urgency and level of care provided partially depend on the clinical symptoms.

Factors That May Influence Acute Coronary symptoms in women
1. Studies from 8-14 of patients with Acute Coronary symptoms indicated that women experience more back pain, dyspnea, indigestion, nausea/vomiting, and weakness than men.
2. Women have a higher incident of heart disease because of prehospital delay times, treatment outcomes, clinical symptoms, and public awareness.
3. Women had more pain in the jaw and neck than did men.
Risk Factors in women for Coronary Heart Disease:
The larger the number of these risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). Because you can't do anything about some these risk factors, it's even more important for you to manage the risk factors that can be changed.

  • Increasing Age
  • Heredity (Including Race)
  • Tobacco smoke
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Diet and Nutrition

Juanester Hunter, MBA (HealthCare Management)
CUI, Community Outreach Coordinator

1. AJCC AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE, January 2008, Volume 17, No. 1

2. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Coronary-ArteryDiseaseCoronaryHeartDisease_UCM_436416_Article.jsp?gclid=CLj1gpXDzcMCFUMvgQodGLEAA