Heart disease is actually the leading cause of death for women (and men) in the U.S., according to the Mayo Clinic. However, the symptoms of the disease can differ for women.
Meanwhile, there are certain factors that pertain almost exclusively to women that could raise the risk of stroke, which is the third leading cause of death and the highest cause of disability in the U.S. Let’s take a look at unique risk factors for both heart disease and stroke in women…
Estrogen in women is actually considered to be an ally for heart health in women during the reproductive life cycle between ages 12 and 50, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
This naturally-occurring hormone generally has a “protective effect” on the heart between those ages, but the protective properties can change depending on a number of factors (such as a drop in estrogen levels due to menopause), adds the source.