Heart disease hits busy working women the hardest. Control your risk factors to stay heart-healthy

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For modern women in the age group 30-35 years, the task of juggling professional and family responsibilities has never been easy. And, while they take care of all their career and family priorities, they often overlook their own health and well-being.

These women, especially working moms, are usually too busy to take care of their health and in turn may raise their risk for heart disease.

Indians have higher risk of heart disease at a young age compared to other populations. And when compared to men, young Indian women in the age bracket 30-35 years have the worst outcomes.

Unfortuntely, in women approximately 35% of heart attacks are believed to go unnoticed. Here’s what you need to know about the risk factor.

Heart disease isn’t just for men or old people
While it’s a common misconception that heart disease is more common among men, the truth is that both men and women can be at risk.

Heart attack causes nearly one in three deaths in women. As compared to men, women aged 30-35 years are at higher risk of atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside arteries.

Not only this, women in this age group are more likely than men to have chronic stable angina, a serious heart problem. This is because women have smaller coronary vessels than men, which leads to increased heart disease risk and the need of urgent intervention.

Mortality after an acute coronary event is two times higher in women than in men under 50 years of age.

It is commonly known that once women reach menopause, their heart disease risks jump dramatically. But that doesn’t means that heart disease is just for older women. The disease can affect women as young as 30 years.

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