High Blood Pressure is More Dangerious for Women

High blood pressure (hypertension) is more dangerous for women than men – according to a new study published by scientist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

„This is the first study to consider sex as an element in the selection of antihypertensive agents or base the choice of a specific drug on the various factors accounting for the elevation in blood pressure" – said Carlos Ferrario, M.D., professor of surgery at Wake Forest Baptist and one of the authors of the study.

According to the latest study, while high blood pressure is less widespread among men, it has become the leading cause of death among women in the United States.

100 men and women age 53 and older have been involved into the comprehensive study. All participants had high blood pressure without any other diseases.

Researchers wanted to know whether the heart or the blood vessels are responsible for high blood pressure. Results show 30 to 40 percent more vascular disease in women compared to men with the same level of elevated blood pressure.

The tests measured hormonal discrepancies betwwen the sexes as well, which also have an effect on the development of cardiovascular diseases.

„Our study findings suggest a need to better understand the female sex-specific underpinnings of hypertensive processes to tailor optimal treatments for this vulnerable population" – Ferrario said and added that traditional hypertention treatment in women needs to be re-evaluated. ABPM-05 ambulatory blood pressure monitor

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