Why is hypertension more dangerous for women?

Hypertension is more dangerous for women because their cardiovascular systems have some physiological differences that involve levels and types of hormones involved in regulating their blood pressure. These differences lead to an increase in vascular disease.
Alvaro A. Gomez, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Several factors make hypertension, or high blood pressure, more dangerous for women. As a group, women do not seek out treatment for hypertension. And after the diagnosis, finding the right prescription medicine to treat high blood pressure in women can be more difficult, because some drugs cause different side effects for women and men.
Even some preventive measures -- such as taking a daily dose of baby aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke -- can be less effective for women, compared to men. And finally, whether due to hormones or other physical traits, hypertension can be more dangerous in women. Men and women with the same hypertension readings can face dramatically different outcomes.

This content originally appeared online at Baptist Health South Florida.

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