CardioAlex

Women generally develop heart disease later in life than men

It was a fruitful journey indeed in the cardiology deep waters. we have been interviewing all board members to get insights about our heart health and what’s going on in the national & international cardiology field.

We met Dr. Radwa mehanna, & she was generous enough to give us a small interview we asked her first:

What’s new in CardioAlex 2017

A wish… (CardioAlex & Egypt)

It is a great honor for me to welcome you to Cardioalex 2017.

The biggest challenge after success is how to maintain it and what to do next.  Every year there are additions in Cardio Alex, being one of the most updated and important international cardiology conferences. This year the Scientific Committee has prepared a dynamic updated scientific program with an impressive roster of highly respected Egyptian and internationally renowned speakers to lead it.

We hope that you will enjoy the Conference and that your interaction with colleagues from many different countries will stimulate a creative exchange of ideas and will be personally rewarding. We also hope and trust that you will enjoy your visit to the very beautiful and exciting city, Alexandria.

 

Why Mentally stressed young women with heart disease more likely to have reduced blood flow to heart

Women generally develop heart disease later in life than men. However, younger women who have premature heart attacks are more likely to die than men of similar age. Risk factors, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, don’t explain these mortality differences.

Compared to men of the same age, when subjected to a mental stress test, women:

  • Age 55 and younger had three times greater reduction in blood flow to the heart;
  • Age 56-64 had double the reduction in blood flow to the heart; and
  • Age 65 and older had no difference in blood flow to the heart.

Women who develop heart disease at a younger age make up a special high-risk group because they are disproportionally vulnerable to emotional stress,

There is growing recognition of the importance of emotional stress as a risk factor for heart disease. Compared to men, women have higher levels of psychological risk factors such as early life adversity, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. In addition, women are more prone to develop mental problems as a result of stress. Emotional or psychological stress potentially contributes to heart disease in many ways, from influencing heart disease risk factors, to affecting the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), to triggering heart attacks. It also may impair the recovery, future health, and quality of life of patients who have already developed the disease.

Emerging evidence suggests that young women are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of stress on the heart, which may result in earlier onset of heart disease or more negative health outcomes if the disease is already present.

Stress-easing strategies to protect your heart

While you can’t change the world around you, the following lifestyle changes can help you minimize your stress level:

  • Get enough sleep.Lack of sound sleep can affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health.
  • Physical activity alleviates stress and reduces your risk of becoming depressed — and it is good for your all-around health.
  • Learn relaxation techniques.Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are mainstays of stress relief. Your local hospital or community center may offer meditation or yoga classes, or you can learn about these techniques from books or videos.
  • Learn time-management skills.These skills can help you juggle work and family demands.
  • Confront stressful situations head-on.Don’t let stressful situations irritate. Hold family problem-solving sessions and use negotiation skills at work.
  • Nurture yourself.Treat yourself to a massage. Truly savor an experience: eat slowly, soak up the warm rays of the sun or the scent of blooming flowers during a walk outdoors. Take a nap. Enjoy the sounds of music you find calming.
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