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How Serious is Chest Pain Angina in Women ?

Severe angina is an intense cheat pain caused when their is a lack of oxygen rich supply of blood to the heart. Nearly 6.3 million Americans experience this pain with the average group being 62.3 years. Chest pain angina is a definite symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD) more in women than in men.

Canadian researchers have found that severe form of angina poses the risk of CAD in women by three times when compared to men. The results of their findings were published in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine. The study involved observing 23,771 patients suffering from this pain for a period of six years.

Knowledge Gained from the Research on Chest Pain Angina:

  • Women experiencing the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Class IV angina and above the age of 60 years, faced 21 percent more risk of developing CAD than men.
  • The risk percentage was at 11 percent for women below the age of 60 years when compared with their peer group.
  • When complications of obesity like smoking, cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure were also included, the risk raised to 82 percent in women and 28 percent in men.
  • There is a wrong notion that CAD is a man’s disease. The reality is that when compared to breast disease, many women die from CAD instead.
  • Though 37 percent men have severe CAD when compared to 22 percent women, age-wise, women patients were older (70 years) while experiencing this pain than men (at 66 years).
  • In the older category of the angina patients, 80 percent were women and 70 percent were men.
  • In the younger category, 30 percent of the patients were men compared to 20 percent female patients.
  • Male smokers however were found to beat their female counterparts in both young and old categories with (65 percent Vs 59 percent) and (53 percent Vs 33 percent) respectively.
  • Younger women were more in number than younger men with complaints of diabetes(46 percent Vs 25 percent);
  • Even in older patients 32 percent women were found to be diabetic and 27 percent older males  had this obesity complication.
  • High blood pressure is also more in younger and older women than men of both the age groups.
  • Not much of a difference in the high cholesterol risk were found between women and men of both the age groups.
  • Diabetes increased the risk of chest pain angina by 100 percent, high cholesterol by 50 percent, smoking by 10 percent, age by 5 percent and high blood pressure by 1 percent.

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