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Women & men differ in heart disease traits and treatment

ifference between the genders in which vessels get blocked and how blocked they get, Dey and Eagle say only more research will tell. Simply the fact that women's bodies and blood vessels are smaller and therefore more vulnerable to blockages in tiny vessels may account for some of it - but there may be something going on at the molecular level too.

And, the researchers note, the findings point to the urgent need for a new imaging method or other way of seeing blockages and narrowing in smaller blood vessels.

In the meantime, they hope to evaluate the GRACE data and other data they're collected from U-M patients, to study the effect further. They hope they can develop a risk-prediction tool that will tell doctors which women are most likely to have small-vessel disease and resulting symptoms.


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Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
9-Nov-2003


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