Harvard Women's Health Watch

A better way to predict cardiovascular risk

We know how important cholesterol levels are, but what about inflammation?

Since the 1980s, we've made enormous progress in understanding cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. Recent findings help explain why CVD (heart disease and stroke) has been more difficult to diagnose and treat in women than in men: Our heart attack symptoms are often different; standard diagnostic tests don't predict our heart problems as reliably; and we may not get as much benefit from such treatments as angioplasty and bypass surgery.

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