What are the Heart disease features unique to women?
Women develop heart disease 10 years later than men. Microvascular disease, disease of small arteries in the heart is more common in women. Mitral valve prolapse is more common in women. Broken heart syndrome or Stress induced cardiomyopathy where extreme emotional stress can lead to heart muscle failure is more common in women. Palpitations are more common in women. Risk factor modification, lifestyle changes, medical treatment, surgical procedures can help women to lower the risk of heart disease mortality and improve symptoms like in men. So, early prevention, diagnosis and treatment are important to improve survival.