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Women and cardiovascular diseases.

One of the cardiovascular diseases is heart disease.

Women in mid-life ages and those in menopause have the highest risk of heart disease and heart attacks.

Coronary heart disease also referred as heart disease and it is caused by hardening of arteries.

Arteries that supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrowed by plaque. Plaque which is accumulated fat and cholesterol and other substances, builds up within the arteries inner walls. This reduces the flow of blood to the heart.

Complete blockage of the arteries can lead to a heart attack.

Research shows that 95% of deaths by heart attack are in persons with one of the following factors; high blood cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes.

Other relative factors are age, where in women it is after 55, and family history where if heart attacks occurred before 55, you are at a higher risk. Women who had early menopause are twice likely to develop heart diseases.

What causes heart disease in women?
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replied May 26th, 2012
I don't agree with all the aspects of the above statement. For example, I think that the phrase "hardening of the arteries' or the phrase used here "Arteries that supply blood to the heart become hardened" should be eliminated from medical usage.
"Hardening of arteries" is confusing and inaccurate.
Anyhow, to answer the final question, heart disease in women is caused primarily by coronary artery atherosclerosis, which is the same as in men. Other conditions cause heart disease in men and women, for example, rheumatic fever.
Please keep in mind that I am unable to diagnose medical conditions online.


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