Women's unique risk factors | Heart and Stroke Foundation
Heart disease and stroke kill 31, women in Canada annually, but most women are unaware of the threat. In fact, most Canadian women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Women who have diabetes , come from certain ethnic backgrounds or are menopausal are even more at risk. It is important for every woman to know about their risk factors and recognize the signs for heart disease and stroke so that you can prevent and manage them. Women tend to be safeguarded from heart disease prior to menopause because of the protective effect of estrogen. However, this is not always the case.
Influence of oral contraceptive use on lipid levels and cardiorespiratory responses among healthy sedentary women. Ergospirometric test on a cycle ergometer was used to determine the aerobic capacity at the anaerobic threshold and at the exercise peak. In addition, recordings of HR and R-R iRR intervals in the supine and seated positions, for 15 minutes, and biochemical blood analysis were performed. The indices for HR variability in the TD and FD for the two groups in the supine and seated positions were also not different.