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Arterial vascular disease underdiagnosed, undertreated in older US women
Date:11/21/2007

ures performed by the Division of Vascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, a joint program between Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, has shown that women, although they come with more advanced disease, do equally well as men.

Many of these findings remain tenuous, however, because we simply do not have enough women participating in clinical trials to firmly establish their risk factors, disease prevalence, indications for intervention or treatment outcomes, Dr. Vouyouka says. For that reason, we urge the creation of more randomized trials focused on women, a closer look at the impact of risk factors such as osteoporosis and HRT on womens vascular health, and studies examining the role that social isolation plays in older womens ability to receive care.

Some of those efforts are already under waybeginning in 2000, the U.S. National Institutes of Health authorized new funding and programs aimed at better understanding cardiovascular disease in women.

Older American womenmany of whom have spent their lives caring for othersdeserve no less, Dr. Vouyouka says.


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Contact: Belinda Mager
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212-305-5587
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
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