Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Improving understanding of heart attack mechanisms in women and targeting of treatment

There remain many differences between women and men in the risk of myocardial infarction (MI or “heart attack”), manifestations of MI and outcomes after MI. The time in which the facts about differences between the sexes were unknown or ignored has passed. However, there are many basic answers women and their physicians need, such as: a) Why are younger women with MI at such high risk of death as compared to their male counterparts? b) How should women with non-obstructive coronary artery disease and MI be evaluated and treated? c) Should women with diabetes be screened or treated differently than men for MI prevention?

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