Smoking, diabetes & hypertension may spike heart attack risk in women

Smoking increased a woman’s risk of a heart attack by 55 % more than it increased the risk in a man, while hypertension increased a woman’s risk of heart attack by an extra 83 % relative to its effect in a man.

Type-2 diabetes, which is usually associated with poor diet and other lifestyle factors, had a 47 & greater impact on the heart attack risk of a woman relative to a man, while Type-1 diabetes had an almost three times greater impact in a woman.


“These findings highlight the importance of raising awareness around the risk of heart attack women face, and ensuring that women as well as men have access to guideline-based treatments for diabetes and high BP, and to resources to help them stop smoking,” Millett said.

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