Heart Conditions; The most common heart and circulatory diseases may be impact by your gender and marital status, according to new research presented today at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester. The new research from Aston University, Birmingham, has find stark differences in the death rates of men and women; so particularly in relation to marital status; so when living with heart failure, atrial fibrillation or following a heart attack.
Abnormal heart rhythm
Widowers (men who have lost their spouse) who suffer a heart attack are 11% more likely to die than widows (women who have lost their spouse). Similar findings were found amongst widowed men with heart failure (10%); so AF (13%) compare to widowed women with the same conditions. Divorce men with AF were 14% more likely to die than divorce women.
The researchers also found that, among married people with AF, the most common form of abnormal heart rhythm, men had a 6% higher risk of dying than women. The situation is quite different for those who aren’t married. The team discovered that single men with heart failure actually had a 13% lower risk of death compare to single women.
This study follows on from previous work suggesting that being marry may improve the chances of surviving a heart attack, and this is particularly the case for women. By studying 1,816,230 people who were admit to hospitals in the North of England with a heart attack, heart failure or AF between 2000 and 2014, the researchers were able to see how marital status or gender may affect the long term risk of dying from these life threatening conditions over a 14 year period.
The atrial fibrillation
When it comes to helping people recover from a life threatening heart condition; so focusing solely on their medical problem does not necessarily give the best outcome. It’s important we look into providing holistic care and explore other factors; so such as their support network; which can also have a big impact on a person’s health.
Heart attack, atrial fibrillation and heart failure can all cut life short. These findings suggest that widowed or divorce men; also single women, may be most in need of support in order to help minimise their individual risk of dying; so from these conditions. Nobody should feel they have to face their condition alone.
These gender differences we are seeing could be due to men and women having different levels of support, or willingness to seek support. By identifying which groups of people have the worst outcomes can then push for healthcare professionals to encourage those people to become involve in group therapy and ensure they have adequate support networks in place to help deal with these serious, chronic medical conditions.