Research on gender differences in heart disease and heart attack exists, but it can be difficult to translate and digest it all. Here, we break down some key research outcomes for you so you can take a proactive stance in your own heart health care. While some of this information may be disconcerting, the more you know about heart disease, the more you can partner with your doctor to take preventive steps and head off a heart attack before it happens.
Several large-scale studies such as the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), the Postmenopausal Estrogen and Progestin Interventions (PEPI) and the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) have shed light on the role of hormone therapy in coronary disease prevention in women. These studies have also highlighted the need for clinical trials regarding cardiovascular disease therapy specific to women.
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