Scientists may not have been able to explain the cause for an increase in heart diseases among young women; however, they do have some ideas for prevention and cure. Recently, after a study it was discovered that not only had the hospitalization rates for heart attacks have increased among young women since 1995, but the hypertension and diabetes rates have increased as well.
Melissa Caughey, PhD, a research instructor at UNC School of Medicine, noted that hypertension and diabetes tend to be associated with obesity. “We know that there’s an obesity epidemic going on in the United States, and we know that women—especially black women—tend to have higher obesity rates than men. It may be that these are actionable areas where physicians could do better to manage risk factors in these high-risk patients,” she told the health magazine.
David Goff, MD, director of Cardiovascular Sciences at National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute stated the following symptoms.
“Traditionally, a heart attack is described as the man clutching his chest and suddenly falling out of his chair. But heart attacks are seldom that dramatic, especially for women. Women are more likely to report back pain, nausea, sweating, lightheadedness, or dizziness, Dr. Goff tells Health, rather than chest pains.”
“When women present with these symptoms, the sad reality is that too often, the health care system doesn’t think about heart attacks first.”
“Women might be told that it’s anxiety or it’s gastroesophageal reflux or some other problem, because physicians still don’t know to look for heart problems.”
“The decline in smoking rates over the last 50 years has been a big part of the overall decline in heart disease across all age groups.”
“One out of four women in our country will die of heart disease, and 60% will have a major cardiovascular event before they die. This means that none of us can really ignore our heart health—whether you’re older and overweight or you’re young and lean and otherwise healthy.”