How Does Gender Relate to CVD?
The difference between men and women narrows after women reach menopause. This is a result of a drop in estrogen levels, increasing the risk for women until it matches that of men.
Risk for Women
- Cardiovascular risk increases significantly among women after the age of 65.
- After menopause, the risk for CVD increases to almost the same level as that of men, as a result of declining estrogen levels.
- Younger women who have diabetes are at the same risk for heart disease as men their age.
- Overall, women are more likely to die following a heart attack than men.