Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure increase women's risk of heart attack

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In this new Oxford University study, women with diabetes were found to have a higher risk of having a heart attack compared with men who had diabetes.

"These findings highlight the importance of raising awareness around the risk of heart attack women face, and ensuring that women as well as men have access to guideline-based treatments for diabetes and high BP, and to resources to help them stop smoking", Millett said.

Doctors should also be better at spotting female patients at risk.

"Overall, more men experience heart attacks than women".

The researchers found the "excess risk" of having a heart attack among women who smoked more than 20 cigarettes compared to women who never smoked was twice as great as that for men.

Overall, men are at greater risk of heart attack than women, but several studies have suggested that certain risk factors have more of an impact on the risk in women than in men. While the increase in risk posed by factors such as smoking and high blood pressure lessened in both sexes as they grew older, the additional excess risk experienced by women was found to persist with ageing.

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) - Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure: all bad for the heart, but perhaps worse for women's hearts than men's, new research shows.

And women with type I diabetes faced an nearly three times higher relative risk, while for those with type II diabetes it was 47 per cent greater.

The authors believe that theirs is the first study to analyse both absolute and relative differences in heart attack risk between the sexes across a range of risk factors in a general population, but they emphasise that it is an observational study, so no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.

According to the researchers, the exact reason why these women with the specific three risk factors were at greater risk than men was not known. For example, type 2 diabetes, which is usually linked to poor diet and lifestyle factors, may have a different impact on the female heart to the male one.

Researchers have warned that heart disease is "still under the radar of most women" and called for equal access to treatments.

In an accompanying editorial with the article, experts have said that men may be more at risk of heart attacks but women are more likely to die from heart attacks than men in UK.

"It's a complicated, long-term thing to work out, probably caused by a combination of factors - both biological and social", she said.

The Oxford University team said that unless British women begin to improve their lifestyles, their rate of heart attacks would begin to move towards that of men.

Eating 30 per cent or more of a day's calories after 6 p.m. was associated with a 23 % higher risk of developing high blood pressure and a 19 % higher risk of becoming pre-diabetic. In some cases, there may not be any chest pain at all, especially in women, the elderly and people with diabetes. She said that the major focus was on breast cancer in women now. "This is an important reminder that heart disease does not discriminate, so we must shift perceptions that it only affects men".

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