Gender Difference in Heart Disease

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

When it comes to heart disease, not only are the symptoms sometimes different for men and women but the disease itself may also be different.

Dr. Edward Hill explains how in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Men and women arent created equally when it comes to heart disease. Medical evidence indicates that gender may play a role in the development and in the progression of this condition, which claims the lives of nearly 600,000 Americans each year.

Heres what scientists are finding out about gender differences and heart disease:

Women tend to develop cardiovascular disease about 10 years later than men.

Women with heart disease may have different symptoms than men. Women may experience the classic symptoms but they may also present with more vague symptoms like generalized discomfort in the chest, breast, back, shoulders, jaw, neck or throat; indigestion; nausea; light-headedness; palpitations; sleep disturbances; and unexplained fatigue.

Women tend to have heart attacks later in life. As a result, theyre more likely to have other health issues. Symptoms of heart disease might be attributed to existing conditions, like arthritis or diabetes. Such problems as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes may make surgery a riskier proposition for them.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.