Cardiovascular diseases: why women should also be screened

MAINTENANCE – Professor Claire Mounier-Véhier, cardiologist at the University Hospital of Lille, recalls the importance of cardiovascular assessment for women after forty years.

Claire Mounier-Véhier is the co-founder of the Agir pour le cœur des femmes endowment fund and initiated the Bus du cœur, which traveled across France to screen for cardiovascular disease in women in precarious situations. She wrote My fight for women’s hearts (Marabout Editions).

LE FIGARO. – Which examinations could be useful, in routine consultation?

Pr Claire MOUNIER-VEHIER. – In the presence of one or more risk factors (tobacco, diabetes, arterial hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, etc.), it is worthwhile, once a year, to have your blood pressure checked by your general practitioner in the lower limbs: if it is 10% lower than that found in the upper limb, an echo-doppler is necessary. Ditto if taking the femoral pulses (hollow of the groin), popliteal (behind the knee), posterior tibial (inner side of the ankle), pedal (top of each foot) reveals that they are no longer perceptible and/or if there is no…

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