The results of a new study published in the Scientific Journal (BMJ) found that women who smoke, or who suffer from, have a significantly higher risk of heart attack compared to men.
The researchers based on the study stated that it is imperative for physicians to identify these women as their auditors, and to provide them with the necessary medical care.
In contrast, men are about three times more likely than women in a normal position.
To reach these results, the researchers targeted nearly 500,000 people, aged 40-69 years. After seven years of the study, the researchers found that 5,081 people had had a heart attack, and that one in three patients were women.
The researchers noted that smoking women are three times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smoking women, while having high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack by about 83%.
The researchers noted that either type I or II increases women’s risk of heart attack as well.
Symptoms of a heart attack
Given the importance of the topic, here are the symptoms that indicate you may have a heart attack:
- Chest pain and a feeling of pressure in the area
- A feeling of pain that travels from the chest to other areas of the body such as the arm, jaw or neck
- feeling dizzy
- shortness of breath
- feeling anxious
- coughing or sneezing;