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Heart Therapy: When Women Benefit More Than Men

Article / Review by on February 21, 2011 – 10:02 pmNo Comments

Heart Therapy: When Women Benefit More Than Men

 When Women Benefit More Than Men

In case you missed it, we want to slip this in before the curtain closes forever on American Heart Month 2011.

It’s a pretty incredible win for female heart health, marking the very first time a heart disease prevention therapy has proven more beneficial for women than men.

The study, published earlier this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that women receive a much greater benefit – a 70 percent reduction in heart failure, and a 72 percent reduction in death – from cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) than men do.

To tell us more, we’ve tapped cardiologist and lead study author Dr. Arthur J. Moss, who says the finding, while unexpected, is extremely important – especially since heart disease has historically — and mistakenly — been considered a male killer. In actuality, 42 million American women are currently living with heart disease; each year, it claims the lives of more women than men.

To hear Dr. Moss, view the clip below.

For more information on cardiology patient care programs at URMC, click here.

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*  The above story is adapted from materials provided by University of Rochester Medical Center

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University of Rochester Medical Center

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