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Symptoms and care of irregular heartbeats differ by gender
Date:3/11/2013

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Both men and women took blood thinners at about the same rate, but beyond that, several disparaties emerged. Compared to men, women in the study:

  • Tended to be older;

  • Generally had lower rates of coronary artery disease and sleep apnea, as well as a less severe form of atrial fibrillation that occurs periodically;

  • Had higher risk for stroke;

  • Reported lower quality of life on a survey that measures symptoms, daily activities and treatment concerns in patients with atrial fibrilation;

  • Had less optimal control of their anticoagulation.

"If you look at many disease processes, the experience and outcomes of men and women are different," Piccini said. "Although women live longer than men in general, in many cardiovascular diseases, women have more functional limitations. Why this occurs is the $64,000 question."

Despite having more symptoms and worse quality of life, women with atrial fibrilation tended to live longer than their male peers. Piccini said additional studies could help pinpoint the causes of the disparities.


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Contact: Sarah Avery
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