Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Higher Risk of Death For Women With Heart Attack
We have known for a long time that women are about 10 years older than men at the time of their first heart attack. The authors believe that the reason women are more likely to die is because of these other conditions that are present. Women in the study were also more likely to receive a transfusion and experience gastrointestinal bleeding, strokes and vascular complications which lead to death.
They did not find any gender difference when they controlled for these other conditions. The number of diseased vessels were the same as was the severity of stenosis.
So what does this tell women? The guidelines for longevity and good health have not changed. Don't smoke (stop right now PLEASE!), control high blood pressure, make sure your weight is low to prevent diabetes and other vascular problems. Stay active.
Heart attacks can be prevented by lifestyle changes.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:04 AM