Cardiovascular disease in older women: A challenge in diagnosis and treatment

Rekha Mankad, Patricia J.M. Best

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women and more heart disease is present in elderly women than men. Risk factors for heart disease affect men and women differently, with a greater impact of diabetes, hyperlipidemia and smoking in women. Diagnosis of heart disease can be more challenging in women, especially when elderly, as symptoms may be vague. Understanding the appropriate use of diagnostic testing and appropriate treatment is essential, given the high burden of disease in elderly women. This article will discuss the current guidelines for diagnosis and therapy of heart disease in women and will discuss the appropriate role of prevention strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-464
Number of pages16
JournalWomen's Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Elderly
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Stroke
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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