Women More Likely to Have Heart Attacks Over Broken Hearts - Page 2
Reviewing a federal hospital database, Dr. Deshmuhk found 6,299 records in 2007 that exemplified the syndrome. Women, 5,628 of them, fit the criteria for broken heart syndrome, while only 671 men adhered to the criteria. Deshmuhk controlled for familial heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure and other factors which contribute to heart problems. Clearly, women suffer greater degrees of temporary traumatic stress that can create havoc with their hearts. The operational concept here, is temporary, though a second episode occurred in 10 percent of the group of people studied.
Interestingly, Deshmuhk found that the discrepancy between men and women closes as a woman ages. Women over 55 are only 3 times more likely than men to suffer from broken heart syndrome. And the gap widens with women younger than 55. They were 9.5 times more likely than men to have a heart attack or heart problems over a severe emotional trauma of loss.
And though more heart attacks happen in winter (sometimes after shoveling snow) broken heart syndrome and the resultant heart problems are more prevalent in the summer months.