Yourwellness Magazine Explores Heart Disease Facts that Women Should Know

From: The Digital Journal

According to a new study, which was presented last week at the annual meeting  of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver, higher levels of the hormone oestrogen  are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women.  This finding is based on data from people in Portland, Oregon, who suffered  sudden cardiac death or had coronary artery disease.

From tests of plasma taken at the time of death or during a doctor's visit,  the researchers deduced that oestrogen levels were much higher and the  testosterone-to-oestrogen ratio was lower in both men and women who suffered  sudden cardiac death.  In a Heart Rhythm Society news release, Dr. Sumeet Chugh,  associate director for genomic cardiology and director of the Heart Rhythm  Centre at the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, noted that the  findings could help doctors to identify patients at risk for sudden cardiac  arrest and death.

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