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Heart Disease and Women Heart disease is not primarily the Male disease Women can also die from related heart diseases such as Mrs Mallard in The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin Heart disease and contributing risk factors such as smoking diabetes obesity and high blood pressure can cause the following problems atheroma congestive heart failure heart valve problems and eventually she would have to have a heart transplant In the short story The Story of an Hour Kate Chopin writes about an older woman that has heart disease Her sister told Mrs Mallard the older woman that her husband was on the manifest of a train that wrecked and everyone died After she recovered from the news she went downstairs to see her family All of a sudden there was a knock on the door she opened the door and there stood her husband It shocked her so much that she dropped dead of a heart attack right where she stood Mrs Mallard dying of a heart attack and one way to avoid that is to stop the controllable risk factors Smoking is the biggest risk factor that she can control Smoking takes a toll on women no matter what their age Each time she inhales cigarette smoke she is drawing a mixture of 4000 chemical substances into her body Cigarette smoke damages her heart in two ways First the toxic materials injure the walls of her coronary arteries and in attempting to repair them her body unknowingly creates conditions for fatty acids to develop Second tobacco smoke works independently to activate her bodys blood clotting system promoting clots that can block her arteries and cause a heart attack Pashkow and Libov 29 From the position of cardiovascular medicine diabetes is a cardiovascular disease American Heart Association Journals 1999 Close to 25 million American women are estimated to have high blood sugar or diabetes according to the Society for Womens Health Research Over
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