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Women fare worse after first severe heart attack

Reuters Health - 01/12/2020 - Women are more likely than men to develop heart failure or die within five years after suffering a first severe myocardial infarction (MI), according to a large observational study from Canada. "We suspect that while there may be in part biological reasons for these differences, we also believe that access, treatment preferences and follow-up may also be playing a strong role," Dr. Justin Ezekowitz, co-director of the Canadian VIGOUR Centre at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, told Reuters Health by email. Prior studies looking at gender differences in heart health have largely focused on recurrent MI or death. However, gender differences in vulnerability to heart failure after MI remains unclear, Dr. Ezekowitz and colleagues point out in Circulation. To investigate, they analyzed data on more than 45,000 patients (31% women) hospitalized over 14 years with a first-time ST-segment-elevation MI (STEMI, 45%) or non-ST-segment...

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