Women & Heart Disease

Risk Enhancers For Women*

“For a long time, it was thought that women were at less risk for hear disease,” says Harjit Chahal, MD, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute cardiologist. “But now we know that simply is not true. In fact, we understand that commonly known risks affect women differently and more significantly, and there are a host of risk factors specific to women.”

  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Cancer Treatment, Especially Breast Cancer
  • Menopause Especially Early Menopause
  • Autoimmune Disorders, Such As Lupus & Rheumatoid Arthritis, Which Affect Women More Significantly Than Men
  • Sudden Or Severe Distress
  • Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome (A Group Of Risk Factors Related To Pre-Diabetes), Which Affects Women At A Younger Age
  • HIV
  • Sleep Apnea, Frequently Under-Diagnosed In Women

*From CENTERSCOPE Magazine, Spring 2020