Women and Coronary Artery Disease

  • JoAnne Micale Foody
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality among women in the United States 500,000 women each year die of heart disease; more than twice the number of deaths caused by all cancers combined (1). Approximately one out of every two women in the United States will die from some cardiovascular event most likely, myocardial infarction (MI), hypertensive heart disease, or stroke (1). The clinical presentation of heart disease (2,3), the impact of individual coronary risk factors (1,(4, 5, 6, 7) and the results of their interventions differ dramatically by gender (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17). This chapter reviews the uniquely female attributes that are associated with differences in disease presentation, that attenuate coronary risk, and that modulate clinical outcomes.


Postmenopausal Woman Hypertensive Heart Disease Scandinavian Simvastatin Survival Study Coronary Artery Disease Event Preventive Cardiology 
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  • JoAnne Micale Foody
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  1. 1.Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal MedicineYale University School of MedicineNew Haven

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