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Are women at greater risk from angioplasty?
Date:10/18/2007

Heart Association.

In women with stable angina, a milder form of chest pain caused by narrowings in coronary arteries that are not immediately life threatening, PCI relieves chest pain symptoms better than medical therapy. In women who have more serious forms of the disease such as unstable chest pain, mild heart attack, or heart attack, PCI improves survival and reduces the chances of having a heart attack in the future.

Dr. Lansky said that women have a higher risk of bleeding complications than men, which may be caused by excessive doses of blood thinners given during the procedure; but this is not cause enough to withhold life saving procedures from our female patients.

However, she cautioned that recent studies comparing men to women often looking at only a few hundred patients -- have been overemphasized and that as a result, the public has been receiving inaccurate messages.

Everyone is confused: the media, physicians, and patients. Worse yet, women are now afraid to call for help when they need it most.

The message to the public should clearly be that early intervention benefits women with acute coronary syndromes (mild and severe heart attacks). Women should not delay coming to the hospital if they suspect a heart attack and should not be afraid should they need an angioplasty - it could save their life Dr. Lansky said.


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Contact: Irma Damhuis
idamhuis@crf.org
917-558-5180
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
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