Circulation CARDIOLOGY NEWS Women Not Receiving Optimal Preventive Medications Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ omen continue to be sub- optimally treated with Wmedications to prevent cardiac events, according to data presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions and the European Society of Cardiology Congress. Women have long suffered higher rates of death resulting from cardio- vascular causes than men, explained Annabelle Volgman, MD, medical director of the Rush University Heart Center for Women in Chicago. But a renewed emphasis on women’s cardiology research and improving the care of women with heart dis- ease since 2000 has helped physi- New studies show there is room for further improvement in the use of cians close the survival gap between preventive medication for women. women and men. “Since we started paying atten- suggested that women are less likely 40% of the participants were wom- tion, the mortality has plummeted to receive guideline-directed care. en. The study found that women so that in the last data from 2014, “Observational trials in many had a 32% lower chance of reach- we’re seeing less mortality in wom- fields of cardiology have shown that ing their recommended low-density en from cardiovascular disease than female patients are
Circulation – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Feb 20, 2018
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