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Men are apparently more risk-conscious than women
A heart attack is by no means exclusively a matter for men, but like the “Deutsche Herzstiftung” reports one of the most common causes of death for women in industrialized countries. However, compared to men, many women do not pay enough attention to the first symptoms and therefore often notice a heart attack too late.
Cardiovascular diseases not just a “man's thing” Cardiovascular diseases are still the most common cause of death in Germany, which, according to the Federal Statistical Office, accounted for 40.2% of all deaths last year. But even if every second person will die of heart disease based on the current data, not everyone feels equally at risk. Instead, risk awareness of heart disease appears to be far higher in men than in women. A current study by the Charité Berlin has now come to this conclusion.
Clear misjudgments among women As the "Focus" reports, the scientists at the Berlin clinic came to the conclusion that women assess the risk of heart disease significantly lower than it is in reality and consequently often do not recognize warning symptoms in time. Men, on the other hand, would suspect a heart attack much earlier with symptoms typical of an infarction, such as pain in the left breast and a radiation in the left arm - and therefore usually go to a clinic immediately. According to Focus, the study found that 62 percent of the subjects between the ages of 25 and 34 assume that they had a low risk of cardiovascular diseases - although on most of the participants at least one of the known risk factors such as overweight , Smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes.
Many women surprised by poor health outcomes The study found, among other things, that a quarter of the 25- to 34-year-old women had elevated cholesterol levels, and another quarter of the participants did not know that they had already developed diabetes, according to the Cardiologist and study director Vera Regitz-Zagrosek opposite the magazine. According to Melchior Seyfahrt, the head doctor of the heart center at the Helios Clinic in Wuppertal, the misjudgment regarding one's own health is not just a matter for women. Instead, the topic of “men and heart diseases” is also more present in public, because “when a man tips over on the street and touches his heart, everyone immediately thinks of a heart attack,” says the doctor. The situation is different for women, because in the event of a collapse, “only” thought of circulatory problems.
However, the different reactions of the public is not so far-fetched - because women usually have completely different alarm signals before a heart attack than men. According to the German Heart Foundation, in addition to the "classic identifying marks" such as pain in the chest area, which can radiate into the arms, upper abdomen, back or jaw, so-called "non-specific symptoms" are also more common in women. These include severe shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting or discomfort in the upper abdomen. In addition, the signs of the disease in the chest area in an infarction would not necessarily occur in the form of severe pain as in men, but rather as a kind of "feeling of pressure or tightness", which should be taken equally seriously. Therefore, women should always consider a heart attack on the advice of the foundation, "especially if such signs occur in a previously unknown intensity". Hence the heartfelt appeal from the heart specialists: "Every heart attack - regardless of the type of complaint - can cause a sudden cardiac arrest at any time and without further notice. At the slightest hint of a heart attack, dial 112 immediately. ”(No)