Gender Disparity: Postmenopausal Women with Hardened Arteries at Higher Risk of Heart Attacks

Postmenopausal Women with Hardened Arteries Require Stronger Heart Attack Prevention Treatment.

New research reveals that postmenopausal women with clogged arteries face a higher risk of heart attacks
compared to men of the same age and health status. Structural differences in the arteries contribute
to this increased risk for women, as their coronary arteries are slightly narrower than men's.
Furthermore,the decline of heart-protective estrogen during menopause leaves women more vulnerable to adverse heart
disease outcomes.
The findings suggest that women may require stronger treatment, such as higher doses of
statins or additional lipid-lowering drugs, to prevent heart attacks. Women are encouraged to be aware of
their personal risk factors and advocate for themselves with their physicians.

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