Cardiovascular disease in women is currently underestimated, under-recognised, undertreated, under-researched and under-resourced. Women underestimate their risk of CVD, falsely believing they are more likely to die of breast cancer than heart disease. Confounding this issue even more is that women are more likely to have atypical symptoms of myocardial infarction (MI) which leads to poor symptom recognition. Whilst the recognition of CVD risk in women is increasing there is still need for greater engagement of health professionals in this area.
To read more, visit Medical Observer > CVD and women: underdone to read an article authored by ProfessorHelena Teede and Dr Mandy Deeks.