2009-10-11 His and Hers Heart Disease - Up to Half of Women May Not Have .Traditional・ Heart Disease, Experts Say


Women with heart disease may have worse outcomes than men do because treatment typically focuses on obstructive coronary artery disease -- which up to half of women may not have, according to a new review of the topic.

For many women, the problem is not obstruction in major heart blood vessels, but a reduction in blood flow, called ischemia, in very small arteries of the heart, says C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Women's Heart Center at the Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is the lead author of a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Bairey Merz and her colleagues reviewed numerous published studies about gender differences in heart disease before writing the review.(Read entire article)