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2011 Guidelines For The Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Women

Thursday, September 29, 2011
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2011 Guidelines For The Prevention of Cardio vascular Disease in Women –
The Need for Efficacy

The notion that heart disease was a man’s disease has now been debunked, for heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in developed countries & emerging economies. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that inspite of the fact that cardio vascular disease (CVD) deaths in women in the US have come down by two thirds over the last three decades, one woman still dies of CVD every minute.

The major causes of heart disease amongst women are the increasing rate of hypertension and obesity. Nearly 2 out of 3 women over the age of 20 years in the US are overweight or obese. This is also a major contributing factor to diabetes mellitus type 2 amongst women. Diabetes is associated with an overall risk of developing myocardial infarction and stroke.

Given the worldwide health and economic implications of CVD in women it has become necessary to control factors responsible for the disease and apply evidence based therapies to control it.

The American Heart Association thus recently released its 2011 guidelines for prevention of CVD in women.

Elaborated next are the highlights of these new guidelines.



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24 January, 2012 | Gayatri | Reply

Gayatri hi,
i want to know is non-veg is necessary for health? i am 23yrs old ,i married before 1yr.i have irregular periods and i don't want to eat non-veg is it good for my health?plz reply me.

25 January, 2012 | Poonam Vaswani | Reply

Poonam Vaswani Hello Gayatri,
Eating non vegetarian foods is a matter of personal choice. As long as your diet is balanced and there are no nutrient deficiencies it is not essential to eat non vegetarian foods. Please also consult a gynaecologist who will diagnose the cause of your irregular periods and advise you accordingly.

30 August, 2011 | Pratima | Reply

Pratima A study was conducted to find out the association between snoring and incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. Around 71,779 female nurses were subjects of the 8 yr study -from their 40th -65th year of age and without a history of either CVD or cancer. The data collected suggested that snoring is associated with a modest but significantly increased risk of CVD in women, independent of age, smoking, BMI and other cardiovascular risk factors.
Further studies are required understand the mechanism but meanwhile snoring can help clinicians identify individuals at higher risk for CVD.

03 August, 2011 | Pratima | Reply

Pratima The reports of the Women’s Health Initiative and the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS), indicated that combination hormone therapy was associated with adverse CVD effects. This necessitates a need to critically review and document strategies to prevent CVD in women on any hormone replacements.

18 March, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Many women do not pay attention to dental hygiene one of the causes for CVD. According to Dr Timothy Brown, assistant adjunct professor of health policy and management at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health there is sufficient evidence to show that `General dental care leads to fewer heart attacks, strokes, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes in a causal way".
Small precautions, large rewards and better quality of life.
Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Sr Dietitian,

02 March, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar At last the Doctors of major hospitals in India have come out saying that we should quickly come out with our own guidelines, and stricter ones at that, as what is suggested by USDA does not suit the Indian community as a large percentage of Indians are at risk of a lot more `Life style diseases' including CVD and Diabetes.

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