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After heart attack, men and women face more-similar cardiovascular risks


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Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Reuters Health - 08/10/2020 - The well-known sex differences in cardiovascular-disease risk and all-cause mortality are strongly attenuated among heart-attack survivors, researchers have found. "Women have a biological advantage over men in terms of heart disease: they get it less frequently and at an older age," Dr. Mark Woodward of Imperial College London told Reuters Health by email. "This study shows that, in the U.S., this natural advantage is considerably less amongst people who survive a heart attack: the rates of recurrent heart attack are much more similar between the sexes." Dr. Woodward and his colleagues examined U.S. health-insurance data from 2015 and 2016 and identified more than 171,000 women and close to 168,000 men who were hospitalized for myocardial infarction (MI). These patients were frequency-matched by age and calendar year to more than 1.3 million beneficiaries without coronary heart disease (CHD). During follow-up until 2017, there w...


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