[Manifestation and course of coronary heart disease in men and women--consequences for diagnosis and treatment]

Saner, H (2007). [Manifestation and course of coronary heart disease in men and women--consequences for diagnosis and treatment]. Therapeutische Umschau, 64(6), pp. 305-10. Bern: Huber

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Gender related issues in manifestation, diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease are important but still not well recognized. Women are more likely to present late after first symptoms of myocardial infarction. Myocardial infarction is more often unrecognized. In regard to complications after myocardial infarctions ventricular tachycardia and cardiac arrest are more frequent and women are also more likely to develop heart failure or cardiogenic shock. The reason for this is most probably the fact that women presenting with myocardial infarction are of older age and have a higher incidence of co-morbidities. Thrombolysis and coronary angioplasty are less often performed in women in the setting of myocardial infarction. However there is a clear trend toward improvement of this situation during the last years. The reopening rate of occluded coronary arteries with thrombolysis and with coronary angioplasty is similar in women compared to men. Perioperative risk with aorto-coronary bypass surgery is higher in women, which can not be fully explained by higher age and co-morbidities. However 10 years survival rate after aorto-coronary bypass-surgery is similar for men and women, although occlusion of venous grafts is seen more often in women. The benefit of structured cardiac rehabilitation after an acute event is similar for younger and older women and as good as in men. Positive effects of cardiac rehabilitation include increased physical performance, reduction of body fat, improvement of lipid-profiles and an improvement of the psychosocial situation and quality of life.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

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04 Oct 2013 15:00

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04 May 2014 23:18

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/26138 (FactScience: 65942)

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