Vascular Diseases in Women: Do Women Suffer from Them Differently?

Katalin Farkas*, Agata Stanek, Stephanie Zbinden, Barbara Borea, Simina Ciurica, Vanessa Moore, Peggy Maguire, Maria Teresa B. Abola, Elaine B. Alajar, Antonella Marcoccia, Dilek Erer, Ana I. Casanegra, Hiva Sharebiani, Muriel Sprynger, Maryam Kavousi, Mariella Catalano

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Abstract

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among women worldwide, yet its magnitude is often underestimated. Biological and gender differences affect health, diagnosis, and healthcare in numerous ways. The lack of sex and gender awareness in health research and healthcare is an ongoing issue that affects not only research but also treatment and outcomes. The importance of recognizing the impacts of both sex and gender on health and of knowing the differences between the two in healthcare is beginning to gain ground. There is more appreciation of the roles that biological differences (sex) and sociocultural power structures (gender) have, and both sex and gender affect health behavior, the development of diseases, their diagnosis, management, and the long-term effects of an illness. An important issue is the knowledge and awareness of women about vascular diseases. The risk of cardiovascular events is drastically underestimated by women themselves, as well as by those around them. The purpose of this review is to draw attention to improving the medical care and treatment of women with vascular diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1108
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2024

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