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Women may have older blood vessels than men of their same age, putting the former at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. That is according to a new study that followed thousands of people for more than four decades.
The new study, published in the journal, shows that blood vessels, including large and small arteries, age significantly faster in women than in men. Researchers said the findings may help improve the approach to treating or testing women for cardiovascular disease.
“Our research not only confirms that women have different biology and physiology than their male counterparts, but also illustrates why it is that women may be more susceptible to developing certain types of cardiovascular disease and at different points in life,” researcher Susan Cheng said as quoted by.
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The more exercise the women in the study got before diagnosis, the lower their odds of heart disease and cardiovascular-related death later. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer in the U.S. is nearly 90%, the study authors note in JACC: CardioOncology, and heart disease is the number one cause of death among survivors.In part, this may reflect women living long enough after a cancer diagnosis to develop other age-related health conditions like heart disease. But cancer drugs and radiation also can damage the heart's structure and function, the authors note."Cancer is a stressor to the system.
Cheng and her colleagues analyzed data from nearly 33,000 patients, ages 5 to 98 years, in different communities across the U.S. They followed the participants for more than 43 years and collected 145,000 blood pressure readings.
The researchers also looked into men and women’s risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Results showed that blood vessels in women work differently compared to men.
Researchers said many women in the study started to show changes in the functions of their blood vessels in the third decade of life. In this period, women become at higher risk of hypertension.
“This means that if we define the hypertension threshold the exact same way, a 30-year-old woman with high blood pressure is probably at higher risk for cardiovascular disease than a man with high blood pressure at the same age,” Cheng explained.
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Each woman in the study had a sister with breast cancer and "inherently have an increased risk of breast cancer," says an M.D.The research, published by the National Institutes of Health in the International Journal of Cancer, analyzed data from 46,709 women—all of whom had a sister who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, but were cancer-free at the time they enrolled.
The increase in blood pressure also becomes more frequent in women in their 30s than men of the same age. Despite involving a large population, researchers noted that more studies are required to further understand the differences in blood vessel aging and pressure patterns in women, as well as men.
But the findings may guide doctors in creating new cardiovascular evaluation and therapy tailored specifically for women, the researchers said.
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