A woman’s heart is scientifically more delicate, more fragile…
Whenever women’s hearts are mentioned they always call to mind sensitivity and fragility. But this is actually a scientific fact. Besides women’s hearts have finer veins that are more sensitive and more liable shrivel. They are very different from each other in terms of size too. A woman’s heart is smaller compared to a man’s. It is also less durable in an attack! Although heart diseases, which take first place in the world among causes of death, are often called ‘man’s diseases’ half of women over forty die from cardiovascular disorders. Acibadem University Medical Faculty Cardiology Department Lecturer and Acibadem University Atakent Hospital Cardiology Specialist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Karabulut says there are many differences between a woman’s heart and a man’s heart and these differences require women’s hearts to be handled with more care. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Karabulut explained the 12 differences between a woman’s heart and a man’s heart and the preventive measures that are necessary in the scope the April 5-12 Heart Health Week.
- 60 grams smaller
A woman’s heart is smaller than a man’s heart. While the average weight of a woman’s heart is 118 grams a man’s heart weighs 60 grams more.
- The veins are finer
A woman’s veins are finer. Having veins that are an average of 1 mm thinner than men’s makes women’s hearts harder to work on.
- More palpitations
Women have a looser valve structure. Heart valve disorders and complaints of palpitations are more frequent.
- More sensitive veins
Veins in women’s hearts are more sensitive and more liable to shrivel. The temporary shriveling that occurs in fine veins can cause chest pain originating from the heart that is not easily diagnosed.
- Symptoms of diseases do not present as easily
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Karabulut said that women’s heart diseases do not present symptoms easily and explained “EKG and effort tests often give normal results. Clinical doubts and risk factors should be considered and further tests should be run accordingly”.
- Less durable after a heart attack
Women’s hearts are less durable against damage after an attack. Compared to men, women have a higher risk of death after a heart attack.
- Causes atypical complaints
A diseased woman’s heart often presents atypical symptoms. While chest pain is more prominent in men, women can often have shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue and bloating as prominent symptoms. This can lead to challenges in diagnosis.
- Beats more
Women’s hearts beat faster compared to men. For example, the daily average heart rate for men is 70-72 while this rate is 78-82. This causes palpitation and shortness of breath complaints to be observed more in women.
- More sensitive to side effects
Women’s hearts are especially more sensitive to drug side effects. Their tendency to develop rhythm disorders is higher compared to men.
- More liable to develop clots
Women’s hearts are more likely to develop clots compared to men. This becomes more prominent in women who use birth control and smoke.
- But their veins are more resilient!
The veins of women’s hearts are more resilient against heart disease. Compared to men there is a 10 year difference in the development of cardiovascular diseases. However this difference disappears after menopause.
- Difficult to determine in tests
A disease that develops in a woman’s heart often has more effect on one vein. This can make it hard to determine in tests. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Karabulut pointed out that many women do not show the necessary care and sensitivity to their heart health and added “Maintaining ideal weight, not neglecting the treatment of existing conditions such as hypertension or diabetes, staying away from cigarettes, having a healthy Mediterranean diet and staying away from stress will help keep the delicate woman’s heart healthy”.