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Cardiovascular diseases in Turkey are the most common cause of death in women. Dr. listed the risk factors;

Until recently, it was believed that the most common cause of death in women was breast cancer… but statistics show that the main cause is heart disease. Cardiovascular diseases in women increase markedly after menopause, especially after the age of 55, but they are also common in women at a younger age, noted a Turkey cardiologist Professor Doctor. explained the reasons for this as follows:

Obesity: the rate of obesity in women is 50 percent after the age of 40. Because of this, insulin resistance is higher than in men, the rate of diabetes is higher than in men, and the death rate from cardiovascular diseases that develop due to diabetes is much higher than in men.

Hypertension: according to studies, the rate of hypertension in each age group is much higher in women. Carbohydrate, that is, flour foods, trans fats, alcohol, sugary foods increase insulin resistance and cause hypertension. Excessive salt consumption is also the cause of hypertension. For the most part, medications are not used regularly, they are taken with neighbor’s advice or recommendations on TV programs.

High cholesterol: regular exercise rates in women are also very low. Cholesterol levels after menopause are much higher in women. High triglycerides, which are not considered the primary risk factor in men, are considered a risk factor in women. HDL, that is, the level of protective cholesterol in women, is also lower than in men.

Gender-specific risks: conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and polycystic ovary syndrome, especially seen in middle-age women, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Genetics: the fact that primary relatives, especially parents, have cardiovascular disease at an early age also increases the risk.

Smoking: Smoking in women further increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.


In Turkey, according to TurkStat 2020 data, the total death rate was reported as 198.455. The number of women who died due to the tumor was 28,504, and the number of women who died due to breast cancer was 4,872. The number of deaths from cardiovascular disease is 78,127. This, in turn, shows how serious this situation is in our country. Therefore, first of all, the perception of” nothing will happen to us until menopause “or” women will not have cardiovascular disease,” should be broken.


Awareness of cardiovascular diseases in women in our Turkish society is very low. Because it is often thought to be a’ male disease’. It is also not known that these diseases lead to different symptoms in Turkey such as shortness of breath, jaw pain, nausea, rather than chest pain in women. Therefore, diagnosis is often late.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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