Heart Attacks and Women

Friday, February 05, 2010

The heart attack gap between men and women is narrowing in good and bad ways for women. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a pair of studies that looked at heart attack and gender in the 60 Second Housecall.

The number of heart attacks is rising among middle-aged women and falling among men, but the risk of death after a heart attack is improving more for women than for men.

Researchers comparing heart attack risk factors and prevalence of heart attacks among more than 8,000 men and women aged 35 to 54 found that heart attack risk factors remained stable or improved among men but mostly worsened among women.

The study also showed heart attack prevalence increased among women.

In another study, researchers looked at trends in the risk of death after heart attack among 900,000 men and women who had a heart attack. The results showed the number of people who died in the hospital after a heart attack declined dramatically among all patients and age groups, but more so in women than in men.

Researchers found this gender difference in the declining risk of death after heart attack became progressively smaller in older men and women.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.