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Heart Disease in Women

Patricia J. M. Best and Sharonne N. Hayes

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199915712.003.1218

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Heart Disease in Women

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, outnumbering deaths from all other causes combined. Each year, more than 500,000 women experience a myocardial infarction and more than 250,000 die of coronary artery disease. Furthermore, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in women, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, and hypertension, exceeds that in men in the population older than 55 years. Because of the higher proportion of women in the aging population, each year more women die of cardiovascular disease than men. Diagnostic testing, disease manifestions, and treatment options for women with cardiovascular disease are reviewed in this chapter.

Chapter.  6144 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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