How can gender affect your health?

All other things being equal, men and women have similar chances of developing heart or blood vessel disease. But men and women are likely to develop heart or blood vessel disease at different ages. And there are also differences in survival rates.

Stroke- although stroke is more common in men, more women die from strokes. Both women and men need to pay attention to sudden body changes that could be symptoms of stroke. And if you notice symptoms, don't delay in getting help.

High Blood Pressure- men younger than the age of 65 have higher risk of getting high blood pressure than women the same age. At age 55, men's and women's risk are similar. At age 75 and older, women are more likely to develop high blood pressure than men are.

Heart attack- more men have heart attacks at a younger age. Generally, women are about 10 years older than men when they have heart attacks.  But heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. Researchers used to think that men were at a much higher risk of heart disease. Now we know that both men and women are at equal risk for heart and blood vessel disease.

Heart and blood vessel disease- when looking at your heart and blood vessels conditions, more women then men die each year. It's critical for both men and women to know the symptoms of heart attack.