Broken Heart Syndrome
European statistics show that death from cardiovascular diseases is 55% for women and 43% for men. Hearts and vessels of women are greatly affected by the stress factor.
Stress such as losing a loved one, divorce, and long working hours affect women more.
Studies show that more women suffer from cardiovascular disease every year. It is the main health problem especially in women over the age of 65. The research of the Turkish Society of Cardiology also shows that female heart disease is increasing in our country.
In women, death from heart disease is many times higher than the sum of breast, lung, ovarian and uterine cancers. It has emerged in the last 10-15 years that there are differences between the two sexes in terms of the development of cardiovascular disease, the course of symptoms and response to treatment.
Since 1944, the World Health Organization (WHO) has given special importance to women’s health in Central and Eastern European countries. In 2001, the Copenhagen Action Plan was made on women’s health, and “Women’s Heart Health” was especially highlighted in this framework. European Cardiology Association (ESC) started the “Women in the Heart” campaign in March 2005.
The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness about the increasing and severe course of female heart diseases and to draw the attention of women and health professionals to the subject. It is aimed to raise awareness about the approaching danger in 49 countries including Turkey.
The subject was discussed in detail in the “National Heart Health Policy” report prepared by the Turkish Society of Cardiology. The targets of the TEKHARF (heart disease risk factors in Turkish adults) research were determined as smoking, hypertension and obesity, and a campaign was started.