Women heart risk and sexUploader: Eden 19 days ago Subscribe 1521
Every year, coronary heart disease, the single biggest cause of death in the United States, claims women and men in nearly equal numbers. Most of our ideas about heart disease in women used to come from studying it in men. This makes angiography, angioplasty, and coronary bypass surgery more difficult to do, thereby reducing a woman's chance of receiving a proper diagnosis and having a good outcome. They're usually older than men and have more chronic conditions at the time of their first coronary event. Confounding this observation is that most early studies of cardiovascular risk factors enrolled primarily men. Numerous risk factors for CHD are well described, and understanding these risk factors is the first step to reducing the burden of CHD. But there are many reasons to think that it's different in women.