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What is the difference in coronary heart disease in men and women?

What is the difference in coronary heart disease in men and women?

Virtually nothing: Men and women get the same heart disease at the same frequency. The symptoms may be different, but the disease is the same. Women often complain of fatigue or atypical chest discomfort, or shortness breath, whereas men often complain of chest tightness or pressure along with shortness of breath. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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What distinguishes coronary heart disease in men from its presentation in women?

What distinguishes coronary heart disease in men from its presentation in women?

Similar: Anterior crushing pressure with arm extension- radiation. Angina= neck pain or "feeling" impending doom! anxiety shortness of breath diaphoresis ='sweaty clammy nothing- ladies dismiss any symptoms. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does heart disease differ in men and women?

Interested to know how does heart disease differ in men and women?

Disease vs. symptoms: The disease itself, i.e. Coronary artery disease, is the same in men and women. Risk for men is higher when compared to pre-menopausal women. Other than chest pain, symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, jaw or back pain may be the presenting symptoms of CAD or heart attack in women. Some immune-related illnesses such as lupus have been linked to higher risk of CAD in women. ...Read more

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Why would there be a heart disease awareness month for women but not for men?

Why would there be a heart disease awareness month for women but not for men?

Heart disease: There hasn't always been awareness of the high prevalence of this in women. It's frequency in men was well recognized. ...Read more

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Why are most men over 40 years old more susceptible to heart disease than women?

Why are most men over 40 years old more susceptible to heart disease than women?

Estrogen: Estrogen is highly protective against atherosclerosis. Premenopausal women generally don't develop heart disease unless they're born with it, smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Everyone, men and women, become increasingly susceptible to heart disease with aging. If we ever learn how to fix that, we may start having some folks who live forever! ...Read more

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Could you tell me why in some heart disease studies are more women included in men?

Could you tell me why in some heart disease studies are more women included in men?

Study site: Typically, the location, or setting of the study will have a higher population of willing participants of a certain gender, that will participate. Some studies are specifically targeted toward evaluating disease in women, or the specific disease may be more common in women. Studies from Veteran's Administration, may be more men. Women often live longer on average. ...Read more

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What are the chances that a 69 year old man with diabetes and heart disease and on meds, getting a woman pregnant?

What are the chances that a 69 year old man with diabetes and heart disease and on meds, getting a woman pregnant?

Decent chance: If he doesn't have issues with performance (ie erectile dysfunction) due to his illness, he can still get you pregnant. As men age, their sperm count may decline, but it only takes one of the little guys to be at the right place at the right time to get you pregnant. ...Read more

Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


Male (Definition)

Male refers to the masculine gender, those people ...Read more