Older women are more likely to “heartbreak”

  Recently, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that middle-aged and elderly women are diagnosed with broken heart syndrome 10 times more frequently than younger women or men. This study also shows that this rare disease has become more and more common, and the incidence has been steadily increasing since before the new coronary pneumonia pandemic.
  ”Although the global new coronary pneumonia pandemic has brought many challenges and pressures to women, our research shows that the increase in confirmed cases of broken heart syndrome started long before the outbreak.” Corresponding author of the paper, Smit Heart of the United States Susan Cheng of the Institute said, “This study further confirms the important role of heart-brain connection for overall health, especially for women.”
  Experts once compared chest pain, suffocation and shortness of breath caused by grief or shock. The symptoms of heart disease are called broken heart syndrome. This time, the researchers used data collected by the National Hospital of the United States, which came from more than 135,000 women and men diagnosed with broken heart syndrome between 2006 and 2017.
  While confirming that women are more likely to be diagnosed than men, the results also show that the rate of increase in the diagnosis rate of women aged 50 to 74 is at least 6 to 10 times that of other populations. Among the 135,463 cases, the annual incidence of both males and females has steadily increased, with females accounting for the majority (83.3%), especially patients over 50 years of age.
  In addition, the researchers particularly observed that the incidence of middle-aged women and older women increased significantly compared with younger women. For every additional case diagnosed in young women (or men in all age groups), 10 more cases are diagnosed in middle-aged women, and 6 more cases are diagnosed in elderly women.
  Before this study, researchers only knew that women are more likely to suffer from broken heart syndrome than men. This latest study proposes for the first time whether there are gender differences based on age and whether the incidence rate changes over time.
  Cheng said that the way the brain and nervous system respond to different types of stressors will change as women age. “There may be a tipping point, just after middle age, overreaction to stress can affect the heart. In this case, women are particularly affected, and the risk of disease seems to be increasing,” she said.
  The researchers next will investigate the long-term effects of broken heart syndrome, risk molecular markers, and factors that may increase the incidence. Experts believe that although research shows that the link between stress and heart disease risk is crucial, there is still a lot to distinguish.
  ”This particular study helps to reveal that women in a certain age range are at a particularly high risk of stress cardiomyopathy, and the risk is increasing,” said Christine M. Albert, chair of the Department of Cardiology at the Smit Heart Institute. “This increase may be due to changes in sensitivity, environment, or both. More work needs to be done to solve the driving factors behind celestial broken syndrome and other female-dominated diseases.”

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