"It is widely perceived that women have a lower risk of suffering from heart attack when compared to men. But that is a myth. Women have natural protection till a certain age but after menopause the risk of heart attack in women is higher than that of men. Heart disease is a bigger threat for women than cancer,"" Reddy said on the sidelines of the silver jubilee celebrations of Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad.
Stressing on the of importance of regular checkups for women, he pointed out that unlike men who usually have chest pain during heart attack, there are usually no symptoms of heart attack for women.
From today, Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad will be opening its doors for women to go for health checkup from 6pm to 7pm every day.
Dr. Reddy also warned that the incidence of heart attack has been rising among the youth with the number of cases increasing every year.
A cardiologist himself, Reddy had warned earlier that heart disease was going to be the biggest challenge for the healthcare industry in India. ""In two decades from now there will not be enough doctors, nurses or hospitals to treat heart patients. We need to bring awareness about the disease so that people can prevent it," Reddy said.