By Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum | Posted Aug 28, 2022
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women worldwide. Despite this, women have been underrepresented in cardiovascular trials. To close this gap, it is crucial to understand the unique risk factors and manifestations of heart disease in women.
There are many risk factors for heart disease, some of which are unique to women.
The manifestations of cardiovascular disease can also be different in women. For example, heart attacks in women often present with atypical symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, back and jaw pain, and fatigue rather than the more classic chest pain and left arm pain. This can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment.
Women are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease than men and yet they are often underrepresented in cardiovascular trials. To rectify gap, it is crucial to understand the unique risk factors and manifestations of cardiovascular disease in women. Doing so can improve the early detection and treatment of this deadly disease.