Endometriosis & Heart Disease

“Endometriosis is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows in other places, such as the Fallopian tubes, ovaries or along the pelvis. When that lining breaks down, like the regular lining in the uterus that produces the menstruation, it has nowhere to go…”

(Livescience – March 4, 2015)

Endometriosis is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women.

Heart Disease or on a broader term Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), refers to those group of conditions which involve narrowing or blocked blood vessels, that can lead to angina (chest pain), stroke or even heart attack. Furthermore matters that affect the heart’s muscle, rhythm or even the valves are seen as forms of cardiovascular disease. Statistically it is reported by the American Heart Association that CVD affects an estimated 1 in 3 women.

40 Years or Younger

Emerging details show that those women who have endometriosis, tend to have a higher risk of heart disease. Of particular note, is that the association between the two diseases was strongest in those women 40 years or younger. Unfortunately young women with endometriosis may be three times as likely to develop a heart attack, angina or even need treatment for narrowed/blocked arteries, compared to those who did not have endometriosis.

Poor Habits

Poor habits such as not enough exercise, and not being active enough will likely push the incidence of endometriosis up. Other instances such as poor eating habits, this also contributes to the mix, and in each community the rate of diagnosis may be impacted by the localized lifestyle and dietary habits of that group.

DIABETES

With a higher incidence of diabetes in some communities, those women diagnosed with this non-communicable disease in particular may have the odds stacked out of their favor. Over time, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to complications such as heart disease and stroke due to the damage done to blood vessels and nerves. It is therefore important for women with endometriosis – even young women – to adopt heart-healthy lifestyle habits. They should be screened by their doctors for heart disease, and become familiar with symptoms which may present themselves. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) remains the primary cause of death in women, and this being coupled with endometriosis does not help.

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