Why women are more prone to heart attacks than men

Jul 19, 2018
06:47 A.M.

Death caused by heart attacks are more likely to happen to women than men because females have heart attacks at an older age, as revealed by recent studies.


New research conducted at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute showed results stating that women are more likely to die from heart failure compared to men.

The authors wrote in the paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that ‘there are known sex-based differences in the risk factors, presentation and management of heart disease.”

The researchers looked into data from 2009 until 2014 involving 90,000 heart failure patients.

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They found out that 16.8 percent of females passed away after a year of diagnosis while men showed only 14.9 percent results.


The scientists also discovered that women who experienced heart failures were mostly “older and frailer” compared to the men.

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As revealed by a Harvard report, the average age of a first heart attack for a female is 72 years old while it is 65 for males.

The findings have proven that the effects of heart disease vary between men and women.

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Since 1984, according to another Harvard report, there have been more deaths for women caused by heart disease in contrast with their male counterparts every year.

The researchers believed that the significant death rates for women have something to do with the fact that they experience heart attacks at an older age than men.


According to the Harvard Medical School, women are also exposed to higher risks of developing “small vessel disease” compared to men.

It is where “blockages occur in the tiny vessels within the heart muscle rather than in the large, surface arteries, which are harder to detect.”

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