Heart disease and Women

The result of the largest ever international study regarding heart disease revealed that women were more likely to die of heart disease than men, the World Health Organization announced on September 26, 2003. According to research, from 16.5 million deaths from cardiovascular disease each year, 8.6 million are women. This research was conducted by a team from 38 populations in 21 countries from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, researching the factors for heart disease, stroke and risk. The report was released in conjunction with World Heart Day, 28 September.


The World Health Organization also launched the results of the largest ever collaboration around the world to study heart disease, cardiovascular disease (MONICA) Monitoring Monograph and Multimedia Resource books. The theme of "women, heart disease and stroke" aims to draw attention to the fact that urgent cardiovascular disease (CVD) is not just a health problem regarding men. From 16.5 million total CVD mortality every year, 8.6 million are women, while the heart attack and stroke are responsible for twice as many deaths in women due to all cancers combined.


"Although most women fear cancer, particularly breast cancer, they don't make the same effort to protect themselves from heart disease, a real preventable," said Dr Catherine Le Galescamus, the WHO's Assistant Director-General, the Non-contagious diseases and Mental health. "We must seek to make women make conscious that to keep their hearts healthy, a need to eat smoked smarty kick and move for health."


MONICA is very important in measuring the level and trends over time in the disease and risk factors in different populations, in the monitoring and prevention policy of precipitator in various countries, and in showing the importance of acute and long-term care recently which is getting introduced.


All information collected under the MONICA project have now been brought together in one full-color publication, designed to appeal to both professional and lay audiences. This also includes all documents, methods and results of LARISSA in two CD-ROM. Published by the WHO, the monograph has been supported by the European Commission, by medical charities, and by industry.


"MONICA is a model for others, how collaboration across political boundaries and national resolve the problem shared by all mankind, as well as providing results and ideas that will fascinate everyone interested in heart disease, stroke and risk factors," says Mr. Hugh Tungstall-Pedoe., Editor and Chief author of the monograph.


Unfortunately, the female's chest pain and other symptoms are often ignored or misdiagnosed and waved off as psychological symptoms of depression or anxiety, said Dr. wamer, Kelly, MD, attending cardiologist and Co-Director of the laboratory of non-invasive cardiac testing in the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix. The fact is that the book is typical of the symptoms of severe pressure on the chest-perhaps typical for men not for women. Women's symptoms tend to be more subtle. "If a woman doesn't recognize the symptoms as signs of heart problems, he may not go to the doctor or emergency room". But for maximum effect, the vapour of exploding drug should be given within 4 to 6 hours. If he does not receive the clot-explode
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