Well, the title might take you to the backdrop of romantic poets and singers who beautifully define a woman’s heart like the ocean of love, affection, and sacrifice. There is no doubt about these attributes, but apart from these emotional connotations, we must be aware of the things that make a woman’s heart different from a man’s heart and why it needs special care.
Did you know these facts?
- Women are more vulnerable to cardiovascular diseases than men which claims their lives.
- Every year 4,25,000 women get stroke which is 55,000 more than men.
- 1 in every 4 women dies of heart diseases.
- Heart diseases mostly go undetected in women.
There is a saying that even God cannot understand a woman’s heart. In contrast, medical science has delved deep in a woman’s heart to find out the answers of all the WHYs and HOWs of women’s heart.
Below are a few ways in which a Woman’s Heart is different from a Man’s Heart.
- Arteries: The opening of man’s and woman’s arteries vary in dimension. While its 1.5mm for women, men have an opening of 2.5mm. This difference in size makes some kind of surgeries and procedures quite risky for women.
Even a minor plaque build-up in woman artery gets life-threatening and successful completion of procedures like stenting or angioplasty becomes a very critical process.
- The Weight of the Heart: Woman’s heart is lighter than a man’s heart weighing around 118 grams which are 60 grams less than a man’s heart. A smaller and lighter heart makes it difficult for surgeons to operate on for some critical illness. Not only this, a woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s heart even while sleeping. Isn’t that surprising?
- Valves: Women have floppier heart valves than men making them vulnerable to valve disorders. This is the reason why many women suffer from mitral valve disorder that requires surgery which again is a challenge for the surgeons.
- Type of Heart Failure: Women mostly get diastolic dysfunction while men mostly suffer from systolic dysfunction. The earlier happens when the heart becomes stiff and fails to rest between the beats while the latter happens when the heart becomes weak and fails to pump blood to the body parts. Unfortunately, the doctors say, it is difficult to diagnose and treat the diastolic dysfunctions. The women remain under-diagnosed and suffer sudden heart attacks.
Why women are at a higher risk of Cardiovascular Diseases?
Pregnancy: Women having hypertension during pregnancy or gestational diabetes tend to develop high blood pressure or diabetes years later. Her risk for heart diseases also goes up in the old age. If you have had a similar experience during pregnancy, then be on alert and keep regular heart check-up a part of your life.
Autoimmune Disease: Women are more vulnerable to autoimmune diseases like Lupus far more than men. And such conditions are associated with premature cardiovascular disease.
Get yourself physically examined for any abnormal symptoms like fatigue, malaise, muscle pain, mouth dryness or ulcers, achy joints, scaly skin, rashes, and hair loss.
Smoking: Smoking brings anyone at risk of developing heart disease, but women have a 25% higher risk for the same than their male counterpart. Women, due to hormonal changes, develop high blood pressure in their old age and smoking on top of that increases their risk of severe heart ailments. Don’t give a second thought, just quit smoking.
Hormonal risk factor: Estrogen protects a woman’s heart at a younger age. But with aging and onset of menopause, the levels of estrogen go down making women vulnerable to heart diseases.
Menopause is a time when you should work closely with your doctor to work on a healthy heart plan. Discuss your diet, exercise routine, hormonal therapy, if needed any other things that might ensure you are taking enough care of your heart.
“Be Heart Smart!”
With all the deep insights on how your heart is different and why is it vulnerable to heart diseases, don’t remain in a delusion that heart diseases are for others. Don’t be scared but be informed and cautious to utilize the knowledge for your better heart health. Talk to a cardiologist and be in touch on a regular basis to seek suggestions and get treated. Make sure you don’t miss taking the medicines regularly. If you run short of medicines, you can order medicines online and get doorstep delivery of medicines. You can even consult a cardiologist online and get personalized advice.
Author Name: Jessica Princy
Author Bio: Jessica Princy is an avid reader and relishes in writing. She has been working as a Content Writer at Zoylo digihealth. As a medical writer at her present organization, she has extended her writing skills into beauty, fashion, health and wellness domains. She possesses the flair of drawing the attention of the readers by writing eye-catchy and comprehensive content. Jessica loves to surround herself with informative and fantasy books.