Navigation Links
Women With Atrial Fibrillation Face Rougher Road Than Men
Date:9/24/2009

Attention to gender differences, though, can make a difference, study contends

THURSDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Women with atrial fibrillation are significantly more likely to have a stroke or die than are men with the heart condition, a new study has found.

Despite this, the study suggests, women with the condition receive less medical attention than men.

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the two small upper chambers of the heart, the atria, quiver rather than beat effectively. This can lead to pooling and clotting of blood. If a clot travels from the atria to an artery in the brain, it can cause a stroke.

Rush University Medical Center researchers reviewed past studies and medical literature and found that women with atrial fibrillation are more likely than men to experience symptomatic attacks and have recurrences, and that women have significantly higher heart rates during atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk for stroke.

"Stroke is one of the most devastating results of cardiovascular disease, and atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke," the lead investigator, Dr. Annabelle Volgman, medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center, said in a news release from the hospital. "Women are at higher risk of atrial fibrillation-related stroke than men and are more likely to live with stroke-related disability, which can significantly lower quality of life."

Volgman and her fellow researchers reviewed 20 years of studies that examined gender differences in atrial fibrillation and "were able to determine the most rational, safe and effective gender-specific approach to therapy for women."

For starters, prevention therapies should be emphasized, the researchers said, as should treatments to ensure safe management once the condition is diagnosed.

Their findings and recommendations related to gender differences included:

  • Women are not prescribed blood thinners as often as men, resulting in a higher incidence of the formation of clots that break loose and block other vessels. The risk/benefit ratio should be assessed individually for each woman.
  • Women have a greater risk of bleeding from anticoagulation therapy, so this treatment must be monitored carefully.
  • Closely monitor women being treated with antiarrhythmic drugs because they have a higher risk for life-threatening arrhythmias and slow heart rates requiring permanent pacing.
  • Women's hormonal fluctuations can cause more life-threatening arrhythmias.
  • Monitor women's potassium levels in the blood because they have a higher risk of low levels, which boost the risk for drug-related arrhythmias.
  • Because women have a higher sensitivity to such therapies as statins and vasodilators, liver and kidney function should be closely watched.
  • Women are referred less often or later for non-drug treatments such as pacemaker implantation or ablation. Ablative therapy should remain an option for symptomatic women because they have success rates similar to those of men.

The study also found that, in general, women with atrial fibrillation have a lower quality of life than men with the disease. But the researchers said that careful assessment and relief of symptoms, and adequate control of heart rate or rhythm can make things better.

"For women with atrial fibrillation, these gender differences should always be kept in mind to help prevent strokes and heart failure and improve their quality of life," Volgman said.

The study is published in the September issue of Gender Medicine.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about atrial fibrillation.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Rush University Medical Center, news release, Sept. 22, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Free Upcoming Program Scheduled to Help Remove Barriers To Early Cervical and Breast Cancer Diagnosis for Local Women
2. A Staggering 7 Out of 10 Women Facing Breast Cancer Are Never Told of Their Options
3. Women living in group homes need to learn to make decisions about leisure time to enrich their lives
4. Recession Has Women Rethinking Childbearing
5. Pregnant women need flu shots
6. New stove dramatically improves lung health in Mexican women
7. New links among alcohol abuse, depression, obesity in young women found
8. Women with atrial fibrillation are at significantly higher risk of stroke and death compared to men
9. Yoga Sandals(R) Footwear Steps up with Donations for Womens Health
10. Women's Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Incontinence Guide Informs, Outlines Treatments
11. Womens Dermatologic Society Volunteers Make Huge Impact at Four Sun Safety Events in August
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Women With Atrial Fibrillation Face Rougher Road Than Men
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... Happy Living’s mission - to improve ... carries it into the entertaining and delicious worlds of theatre and wines. , ... Living) convinced him to turn his play into a book. The Greener The Grass ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... "Success ... the world of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a disease estimated to affect the lives ... information published by the Alzheimer’s Association, a leading voice in the fight for ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... Egg freezing ... Although frozen embryos have a slight statistical advantage for live births, frozen eggs ... wonderful opportunity for women undergoing medical treatment or who are concerned about the ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... SABRE is raising awareness about personal safety ... the end of November. , The Chicago, Illinois, based self-defense brand has been waiting ... about the ease of taking their personal safety into their own hands. , The ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... San Diego, Ca (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... and affordable services to its customers, and give back to the community. For over ... on of the most successful companies serving plumbing in San Diego. They ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/5/2017)... -- Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP ) ... focused on the development of oral drug delivery systems, ... with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding ... At the meeting, the FDA ... of ORMD-0801, would be a Biologics License Application (BLA).  ...
(Date:9/1/2017)... -- Bayer will present the latest research from across its growing ... 2017 Congress, September 8-12 in Madrid, Spain ... data on Bayer,s marketed portfolio and late-stage compounds as well ... "We value the opportunity to meet ... ESMO," said Carsten Brunn , Head of Pharmaceuticals, Americas ...
(Date:8/29/2017)... In a move that promises to exponentially ... veterinary practices of all sizes, Cubex LLC and The ... TITAN,s expertise in physical security, drug diversion investigations, staff ... "Every veterinary ... is at risk today," said TITAN founder and CEO, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: