Women who smoke, have diabetes or suffer from hypertension have a higher risk of heart attack than men in similar situations, according to a study in the United Kingdom, according to Agerpres.
According to the findings, women who smoke more than twenty cigarettes a day have a relative risk of having a double heart attack compared to men who have the same habit.
In the study conducted at Oxford University, scientists have found that women who smoke too are at risk twice as high compared to men suffer a heart attack.
At the same time, hypertensive women are at great risk twice as high to suffer heart compared to men diagnosed with the same health problem.
As for women with type 2 diabetes, they are at a higher risk of heart attack compared to men with the same medical condition.
Generally, men are at greater risk of developing myocardial infarction compared to women, and the mean age at which such an event may occur is lower in men.
But the discovery shows that the difference begins to fade for women in an unhealthy way of life.
Scientists have warned that heart disease is still "not observed" by most women and has also begun a call for equality in access to treatment.
«»Although the risk of heart attack is on average about three times higher for men than for women, the latter tend to "catch up" to some extent if they have certain cardiovascular risk factors"says the study published in the British Medical Journal.
«»Our conclusions suggest that doctors should be careful when their patients are elderly, smoke, have diabetes or have hypertension. At the same time, these findings underline the importance of equal access for middle-aged men and women and proceed to treatment (provided) in accordance with the guidelines on diabetes and hypertension, as well as programs for weight loss and smoking cessation", The researchers added.
Scientists analyzed data included in the British Library Biobank, a large-scale study of adults in the UK.
Almost 500,000 participants aged between 40 and 69 participated in this survey between 2006 and 2010.
Smoking 10-19 cigarettes a day, Type 2 diabetes and 1st or 2nd degree hypertension were 40% more strongly related to the risk of heart attack in women compared to men.
At the same time, hypertension was associated with a relative risk of over 80% in women.