Women need to take their cardiovascular health more seriously!

Women need to take their cardiovascular health more seriously!

According to a latest Withings survey, inequalities between men and women are strongly marked in terms of cardiovascular health. Underdiagnosed and less well supported, women suffer from avoidable excess mortality.

In Europe, 200 women die every day from cardiovascular diseases. However, according to figures, 80% of these deaths could be avoided thanks to early diagnosis and appropriate care. Are we disconnected from reality? Yes, according to a new Withings survey (leader in connected health), which alerts us to the need for awareness.

These cardiovascular diseases, which we do not hear

First glaring observation from this survey: many women are completely unaware of their own cardiovascular risks or do not put them forward in their priorities. So :

  • More than 1/3 of women are unaware that it is the leading cause of female mortality;
  • 51.5% of women in Europe do not know the female symptoms of heart attack (nausea, epigastric pain, weakness, fatigue) and would be unable to diagnose it;
  • 47% of women do not consult when they experience serious cardiovascular symptoms.

And moreover, even when they feel that something is wrong with their health, 56% of women in Europe say they put the health of their loved ones before their own.

For health philosopher Mathilde Chevalier-Pruvo, this erasure is a problem: “Gender inequalities have consequences in terms of health. Women have in fact been culturally taught to take care of others instead of taking care of themselves. They have no time for themselves and their health. Their delay before consulting leads to a delay in diagnosis estimated at four years on average, with an enormous loss of chance as to the effectiveness of the treatment.

Hypertension, a silent killer and far too trivialized

A delay in diagnosis particularly concerns hypertension. According to the survey, more than 6 out of 10 hypertensive women are unaware that they are hypertensive and only 20% of them have appropriate and effective treatment.

However, hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular pathologies (such as stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure and fibrillation).. For what ? Because it silently damages the entire cardiovascular system: “In response to the increase in pressure, the heart thickens and the arteries become stiffer, which disrupts the functioning of sensitive organs such as the kidney, heart muscle, or brain, causing death or injury. serious cognitive or motor sequelae.

4 concrete initiatives to develop

At the origin of this study, Withings is launching an alert and calling for progress on 4 concrete initiatives:

  1. It is essential that every woman can regularly monitor her blood pressure, at a pace adapted to her risk factors, by self-measurement at home and in real life;
  2. There is an urgent need to redefine specific blood pressure recommendations for women in order to better control their risk of cardiovascular complications;
  3. We must be vigilant about women’s specific risk factors for hypertension: mental load and stress (cardiovascular risk factors, still too little known to the general public and yet major in women) and hormonal impregnation (particularly at the time of pregnancy, menopause and taking certain hormonal contraceptives);
  4. We must raise awareness of the female symptoms of the pathologies to which hypertension leads (in particular the symptoms of heart attack in women: nausea, epigastric pain, fatigue, shortness of breath) and encourage women to consult without delay if they have the slightest doubt.

Get screened simply with Agir pour le Coeur des Femmes

To better understand your cardiovascular health as a woman, know that the foundation Acting for the Hearts of Women announces the launch of a new cardiovascular disease screening system: Women’s Heart Day. The first edition is being held today in Marseille at the CHU La Timone but also travels throughout Europe throughout the year.

Agir pour le Coeur des Femmes puts its expertise at the service of health establishments in the territories in order to offer them the opportunity to organize free screening days based on the model of the Bus du Coeur des Femmes. The teams used 3 years of experience to offer a screening process that is extremely simple to implement for any health establishment that would like to implement it.