Breaking the Silence: Prioritizing Women’s Heart Health this International Women’s Day

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Breaking the Silence: Prioritizing Women’s Heart Health this International Women’s Day

As individuals age, the importance of heart health becomes increasingly evident, particularly for women as they approach menopause. Contrary to popular belief, women over the age of 50 experience as much heart disease, high blood pressure, and heart failure as men. This revelation underscores the pressing need for heightened awareness and proactive measures to safeguard heart health in women.

According to Dr. Madhusree Sengupta, Consultant – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Neurorehabilitation, Narayana Hospital, RN Tagore Hospital, Mukundapur, “As a doctor and as a woman, I celebrate International Women’s Day by acknowledging the intrinsic value of women’s universal good health. A healthy body, mind, and environment that empowers and uplifts every woman. Let us prioritize comprehensive healthcare that recognizes the unique needs and strengths that make each woman extraordinary. Women who work in environments where basic sanitation and hygiene are suboptimal must be given access to better healthcare awareness and facilities. Together, we can strive for a world where every woman receives the respect, empathy, and quality care she deserves thereby fostering true equality”

Dr. Neha Karnani, Consultant – General Medicine, Narayana Hospital, Howrah, said, “Numerous factors contribute to the risk of heart disease in women, including genetic predispositions and lifestyle choices. While some risk factors like diabetes, smoking, and high cholesterol are well-known, others such as menopause and high blood pressure require careful monitoring.”

Heart disease’s stealthy nature, often referred to as a “silent disease,” poses a significant challenge, with symptoms sometimes remaining undetected until a heart attack occurs. Recognizing the signs of a heart attack is crucial for prompt intervention and treatment.

Dr. Karnani emphasizes, “For women, the symptoms of a heart attack can vary from those experienced by men, making early recognition challenging. It’s essential for women to be vigilant and attentive to any changes in their health, particularly as they pertain to heart health.”

In conclusion, understanding the unique risks and signs of heart disease in women is critical for early detection and prevention. By prioritizing heart health through awareness, lifestyle modifications, and proactive healthcare measures, women can empower themselves to lead healthier, happier lives well beyond menopause.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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