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Coronary Heart Disease ( Chd )

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Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a common cardiovascular disease that occurs when the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart muscles are narrowed or blocked by fatty materials build-up over time. There are 2 forms of coronary heart disease, angina and myocardial infarction. CHD results in 70,000 deaths each year, making it the single biggest cause of death in the UK. More than 2.3 million people are currently living with CHD (British Heart Foundation, 2014). CHD has always been wrongly perceived as a man’s disease due to the fact that men more than women have a higher rate of obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption and other cardiovascular diseases that put them under the risk of developing CHD (Barrett-Connor, 1997). However, social determinants, such as socioeconomic position, employment status and family demand can have significant impact on women’s health profile despite the fact that they seem to be protected from CHD biologically by oestrogen (EDMUNDS, 2000). Sir Donald Acheson mentioned in his Independent Inquiry into Inequality in Health Report that “Health inequalities are the outcome of causal chains which run back into and from the basic structure of society”(Acheson, 1998). Employment and family structure being the most basic, however essential components of the human society can affect women’s physical health and shape their psychological characteristics to a great extent. This essay aims to compare the differences of employment and family structure of
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