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High Blood Pressure Could Be More Dangerous for Women than Men

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a fairly common condition. But left uncontrolled, it can lead to a variety of complications such as stroke or heart attack. Although it can certainly be a serious health problem for anyone, a recent study by researchers at Wake Forest University indicates that it might be even more dangerous for women than men. The study was published in Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease.

It’s always been thought that hypertension affects both genders the same, notes lead study author Dr. Carlos Ferrario. Therefore, similar approaches to treatment are oftentimes used. Yet these findings suggest it might be time to evaluate and consider new ways to combat high blood pressure. In fact, women may need to be treated earlier and more aggressively than men, the study authors note.

In the past three decades has seen a substantial drop in the number of heart disease mortality among men. For women however, that’s not been the case, notes Ferrario.

This study found that even with having the same level of high blood pressure, vascular disease was 30 to 40 percent higher for women. Additionally, researchers were able to see physiological variances in women with regard to their levels and types of hormones regulating blood pressure.

Most people with high blood pressure do not experiences symptom. Therefore, it’s critical to have it checked on a regular basis. While hypertension doesn’t typically affect someone’s day-to-day life, the complications could. In addition to stroke and heart attack, it could lead to aneurysm, heart failure, metabolic syndrome and damage to blood vessels.

Serious complications such as these can end up impacting someone significantly. It could even prevent the person from being able to work, which may allow for Social Security disability benefits. To learn more about eligibility and getting help obtaining these benefits, contact Disability Help Group at 1-(800)-800-3332.