Heart attack risk different in men and women

Wednesday 30th November 2011
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The risk of heart attacks is different between men and women, a recent study by the Radiology Society of North America has found.

Women are more likely to suffer a major adverse cardiac event whereas men are more susceptible to develop extensive coronary plaque which causes the arteries to narrow and could lead to a heart attack.

In a study carried out by John W. Nance Jr., M.D., a radiology resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore analysed the results of coronary CT angiography (CTA) in 480 patients to look at the build-up of plaque within the arteries leading to them narrowing.

The results showed that there are significant differences between men and women.
Mr Nance said: "We found that the risks for cardiovascular events associated with plaque were significantly different between women and men. This research tells us that extensive coronary plaque is more worrisome in women than the equivalent amount in men."

Heart disease is a major killer in the UK with the Royal Heart Foundation reporting 88,000 deaths in 2009 alone.

written by Martin LambertADNFCR-1780-ID-801226078-ADNFCR

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