More research on women's unique heart risks
Now that studies of heart disease include women, we're learning about "heart-felt" sex differences.
In years past, most of our ideas about America's number one killer — coronary artery disease — came from studying men, even though it's also the leading cause of death in women. Of course, men and women share many risk factors for heart disease — most obviously, cigarette smoking, inactivity, diabetes, and obesity. But research is uncovering important differences between the sexes that can affect diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Here are some advances in our understanding of heart disease in women.