Women and Heart Disease

Women have smaller arteries than men, so coronary artery disease develops differently, and more diffusely. Also, CAD in women tends to afflict smaller arteries that feed the heart. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a man's disease, almost as many women as men die each year of heart disease in the United States.

Estrogen helps to protect the heart, which is why women tend to develop heart disease about 10 years later in life than men. Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy.

  • Various heart conditions that can affect women differently from men.
  • Common types include coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, diseases of the heart valves, among others.
  • Treatment includes lifestyle changes, medications, surgical procedures, cardiac rehabilitation.

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