Women urged to guard against heart disease

DUBAI — The UAE Doctors have warned of greater risks posed to women in the UAE for developing heart disease, especially those already suffering from high cholesterol. They have warned women to be extra cautious and to monitor their health.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 15 Aug 2006, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:10 PM

The warning comes as sedentary lifestyles in the UAE suggest women will be the most likely to suffer from heart problems as, contrary to popular myth, women suffer higher rates of heart disease than men.

A heart attack is often caused when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted by a build up of plaque causing the death of heart tissue. This plaque build-up, which is attributed to high levels of bad cholesterol can often only be removed by treatment with specific drugs, so doctors advise the 'prevention is better than cure' route which would aim to stop people from suffering a plaque build up from a young age.

A study recently carried out by healthcare professionals known as the ASTEROID study looked at the effect of bad cholesterol on the heart and methods of treatment for people whose arteries had already suffered from some elements of plaque or furring.

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