The American Heart Association (AHA) recently published a landmark statement on how women’s experience of heart attacks—including the treatment they receive and how well they fare—is different from men’s.
If you’re a woman, one important difference surrounds your unique risks for heart disease. “The AHA statement confirms that risk factors like depression, marital stress and anxiety can put women at greater risk for heart attacks and heart disease than men,” said cardiologist Dr. Melissa Daubert, MD. Daubert directs a Duke program that focuses on identifying and reducing women’s heart disease risks as well as treating women with heart disease. These psychosocial risk factors are in addition to the traditional risk factors of high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking history and a family history of heart disease.