Women trail men in diagnosis, treatment of heart disease

Women trail men in diagnosis, treatment of heart disease (healio.com)

[Healio, 4/13/19]  Though CDC data indicate heart disease is the number one cause of death among all U.S. adults, women with CVD do not get as much attention or treatment as men with this condition, according to a presentation at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting.

“Women remain the majority of heart disease victims and still receive fewer interventions to prevent and treat heart disease,”

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA, FES, of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center and Smidt Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles told attendees.

Specifically, women receive fewer cholesterol screenings and lipid-lowering therapies; are prescribed less heparin, beta-blockers and aspirin during heart attacks and antiplatelet therapy for secondary prevention; receive fewer referrals to cardiac rehabilitation and are managed less often implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and heart transplants vs. men with the same recognized indications., according to Merz.

The A,B,C’s

Treating female patients is largely a matter of remembering the As — antiplatelets/anticoagulants, angtiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin-receptor blockers and antianginals; the Bs — BP control and beta-blockers, and Cs —cholesterol management and cigarette smoking cessation, she said, adding that most CVD medications are generally well-tolerated, have generics available, and provide significant improvement…….


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