Cardiovascular disease: the women seem to lose their protection more quickly than previously thought

Maladies cardiovasculaires: les femmes semblent perdre leur protection plus rapidement qu’on le pensait

15 January, 2020 13: 20 pm

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Cardiovascular disease: the women seem to lose their protection more quickly than previously thought

Jean-Benoit Legault

The canadian Press

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MONTREAL – The women seem to lose more quickly than you thought it would be their protection against cardiovascular disease, to the point where their risk even ended up being higher than that of men, warns a new study published Wednesday by the medical journal JAMA Cardiology.

More specifically, in addition american researchers and Finnish, the blood pressure seems to increase more rapidly in women than in men, this deterioration starting early in life.

It is generally believed that women had an advantage of ten or twenty years in the face of the men in the chapter of cardiovascular diseases, a concept on which this study now seems to throw a doubt.

“In general, up to 30 years, the women it’s going quite well, commented Guy Rousseau, who is a professor in the department of pharmacology and physiology, faculty of medicine of the University of Montreal. But then, since 30 years, we see that the changes are faster, it has more rapid effects in women from 30 years of age than in men.”

Because of these changes faster, ” added Mr. Rousseau, the woman will eventually catch up with the man, at the time of the menopause, and even exceed it.

“It is not that the woman is not protected, it is still protected, but if the changes were at the same speed as the man, it is not catching up ever, he said. But here, she catches up and even surpasses it.”

We already knew that the gap between men and women were shrinking over the years, to the point where they ended up essentially by being on an equal footing. This study, which focused on the approximately 33 000 subjects, however, appears to demonstrate that the protection enjoyed by women disappears more quickly than we thought.

The changes appear even if early in the woman may need to look elsewhere than on the side of hormones to explain them.

“We have always thought that it was because of hormones, but with this study, I am less convinced, because if it was only hormones, it would not start at 30 years, it would be later, probably, so that we begin to see that there are changes in the third decade. There is probably something other than the hormones,” explained Mr. Rousseau.

This study could encourage physicians to monitor young people more closely in their thirties who spend in their office, especially if the blood pressure of the patients shows signs of deterioration over the visits.

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