Do Women Have Unique Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

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Women and men are different when it comes to that one very special hormone estrogen and because of estrogen women tend to develop heart disease about 10 years later than men about 10 years after menopause when estrogen is out of their bodies, that's when there is an increase in heart disease but that estrogen also has effects on women throughout their lifetime.

Women also have pregnancy and what happens during pregnancy whether it's elevated blood pressure or elevated sugars that can affect a woman later in life in terms of her risk for heart disease. So all of these things that makes a woman unique special can affect her heart.