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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.