Scientifically proven causes
How is it possible that cardiovascular disease is so common in women today? Many of the causes listed below have been scientifically proven. But there are also a number of reasons that we strongly suspect may also lead to cardiovascular disease. These causes have often not yet been thoroughly investigated and are therefore less known to the general public. It is essential to gain insight into this too, so that the consequences are known and measures can be taken in time. Additional research is therefore urgently needed.
As women have started to work more and more, the stress levels have increased significantly. Especially because they have to combine work with childcare. In addition, a lack of exercise, obesity and diabetes play a major role. However, smoking is the main culprit. Especially when it comes to women under the age of fifty. Meanwhile, it has been proven that women who smoke before they go into menopause have a heart attack on average thirteen years earlier.
The arteries can clog up in both men and women. We also call this arteriosclerosis. In men, the narrowing of the blood vessels mainly occurs in one place. In women, however, the vessels silt up evenly – over a longer length – and less quickly than in men. Because arteriosclerosis regularly takes place in the small blood vessels, it can be more difficult for doctors to make the correct diagnosis in women. As a result, they cannot take the necessary and vital measurements in time.
Our blood should clot when injured. This keeps the blood loss limited. In thrombosis, clotting also takes place at unwanted moments. The result is often that a (coronary) vein is blocked. Organs do not receive oxygen and nutrition, resulting in attacks in the heart and brain. An important cause of thrombosis is taking contraceptives. Too little exercise, unhealthy food, smoking and alcohol can also promote the likelihood of thrombosis.
Radiation, chemo and radiotherapy and medication with growth inhibitors against cancer can lead to heart failure. Especially when it comes to treatments for breast cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and esophageal cancer. The reason for this is that radiation for these types of cancer always takes place near the heart. Radiotherapy often also irradiates part of the heart, which can result in damage of the cells of the heart.