New study finds women’s blood pressure rises higher and faster than men’s

High blood pressure can lead to heart disease and is the leading cause of death in women, but here’s what women can do to stay healthy.
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Transcript for New study finds women’s blood pressure rises higher and faster than men’s
Now to our "Gma" cover story. A new study finds women's blood pressure rises higher and faster than men's high blood pressure generates, you know, heart disease and things like that so we want to keep that in mind so Dr. Jen Ashton, you'll help us. What are we finding? It is about gender specific pled Cal research out in Jama cardiology done by researchers by Harvard and the Barbra streisand women's center at Cedars sinai. Women to women, men to men and as you said what they found over time and they have 43 years of follow-up, women's blood pressure started to go up at a younger age and it went up faster and higher than men's. Really suggesting here that we are not dealing with the same disease entity when you talk about vascular disease which as you know increases the risk of heart attack. The theory behind it? There are a lot of theories. Not conclusively known why it happens to women but some include there's hormonal influences at play. There can be genetic factors. The way women and men process or live life and environmental differences can be at play and size is important. The average woman's organs are smaller and blood vessels are smaller so really again lending more weight to the fact that when you say heart disease as the number one killer, it is actually in many ways a different disease this women than it is in men. All right. So what can we do? I think this is the most important thing when you talk about heart disease because 80% is prevenltable. Number one -- 80%. Know your ob/gyn factors. Pcos. It increase the risk -- know your blood pressure, cholesterol, gender-specific research is critically important. We need to study heart disease and other diseases specifically in women. This isn't like just study them. They can behave differently. We have these foods here, people know about reducing sodium intake in our foods. But increasing potassium intake in our foods can make a big difference in blood pressure control as well. So many so of these things are all good options. What's this? Red wine in moderation. Okay. I thought I'd ask.

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