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Lifestyle Eroding Women’s Resilience to Heart Disease: Doctors’ Survey

Thursday, Jun 27, 2013, 21:34 IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: IANS
According to the survey, 55 % of cardiologists observed 16-20 % growth in cardiovascular diseases among women in the last five years.
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A new survey shows that changing lifestyle has exposed women to the risk of cardiovascular diseases, shattering the popular belief that oestrogen hormone protects them from such ailments.

The survey, “Visualising the Extent of Heart Disease in Indian Women”, revealed that 65 % doctors believe that oestrogen’s deficiency due to changing lifestyle and other co-morbid conditions are among the top five reasons responsible for younger women developing cardiovascular diseases.

According to the survey, 55 % of cardiologists observed 16-20 % growth in cardiovascular diseases among women in the last five years, while 41 % of the doctors claimed 10-15 % growth in such diseases among women in the age group of 20-40 years — the category which was earlier considered protected from heart ailments.

“menstruating ones, are safe from heart diseases, lately, there has been a .significant rise in number of female cardiovascular patients,” said JPS Sawhney, senior cardiologist at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here

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