Gender and Heart Disease

A new study in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows men and women not only have different risk factors when it comes to heart failure, but they also may respond differently to treatment.

Doctors from the women's heart failure clinic in Ohio, are calling for more clinical trials tailored toward women.

According to physicians, hypertension and valvular disease are the likely culprits for heart failure in women, whereas men are more prone to have coronary artery disease. But in many clinical situations, men and women are treated the same.

Researchers noted that in heart failure trials women are still underrepresented.

In studies, adding that major trials in the last decade on average only included 28 percent women.

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