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Why are most men over 40 years old more susceptible to heart disease than women?
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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