Study looks at heart disease in women

KYW Staff
January 30, 2020 - 11:06 am
A woman with her doctor.

demaerre/Getty Images

Categories: 

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Good news and bad news for women when it comes to heart disease. 

The good news is that the protective effect of estrogen actually protects women for over a decade more than men when it comes to heart attack and stroke.

But the bad news is that according to a new study, starting as early as young adulthood, women experience a steeper rise in blood pressure than men. 

This means that even though women tend to develop heart disease a decade later than men, the biological changes that may impact a woman's risk for certain types of the disease can start to show up in their 20s.