Some heart abnormalities, such as coronary artery disease, occur more frequently in men than in women. Heart disease in general, however, causes nearly the same percentage of deaths (not the total number of deaths) in women as in men, indicating that it is about as deadly for women as for men when it develops. Angina pectoris (chest pain), one chronic symptom of heart abnormalities, occurs more often in women than in men.
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How do heart abnormalities affect men differently than women?
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What is the link between heart disease and Alzheimer's disease?
Samantha Heller, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredArteries that have been gunked-up by saturated fat, also known as cardiovascular disease, restrict blood flow and limit the delivery of oxygen and other life-sustaining compounds to every organ in the body. Elevated cholesterol levels have been associated with amyloid plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are a buildup and hardening of protein fragments in the brain and are thought to be a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Aside from the obvious heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure that cardiovascular disease lends itself to, current research has found that cardiovascular disease may lead to a decline in cognitive function and an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, as research continues, findings are pointing toward a relationship between dietary saturated fats, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and an increased decline in cognitive function. In Finland, a study of more than 1,500 people found that eating a lot of saturated fat in midlife increased the risk of cognitive decline later in life. Eating good unsaturated fats was associated with better memory and overall cognitive function later on in life. If you eat foods that contain saturated fat, such as ham and ice cream, you may be contributing to clogged arteries and inflammation in your brain. You may even be increasing the risk of developing dementia or cognitive decline. What you eat now will affect your health later.
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What is an acquired heart disease?
An acquired heart disease is one that develops after a baby is born or at any time during a person’s life.
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