In general, men are more likely to develop coronary artery disease than women. This is because, until they go through menopause, women benefit from higher levels of estrogen in their bloodstream. However, once women go through menopause, their rate of developing the disease exceeds men's. After the age of 70, more women die of coronary artery disease than men.
Jason Boglioli, MD
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How is coronary artery disease (CAD) different for women than for men?
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How is a congenital heart defect treated?
Depending on the type of congenital heart defect you have and your other medical problems, your doctor will recommend different treatment options. Some options include:
- Open heart surgery to repair the defect
- Medical management with mMedication and watching for symptoms of a fluid shunt or heart failure
- Closure of the defect with a procedure in the cardiac catheterization lab. This procedure involves inserting a catheter into the femoral vein and placing a metal mesh closure device over the defect. Your doctor can explain this procedure in detail if it is an option for you.
What medical history questions might my doctor ask related to heart health?
The first step in the process of diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease is a visit with your doctor to discuss your risk factors for developing cardiac disease, as well as any cardiac symptoms you may be having. As a part of this office visit, your physician will ask you about your personal and family medical history. For example:
- Have you ever been treated for high blood pressure, or been told that you have hypertension?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Have you been told you have high cholesterol?
- How much do you smoke?
Your doctor will also likely ask questions related to your family’s heart health such as the following:
- Has anyone in your family had a heart attack or stroke, and at what age?
- Has anyone been told they have coronary artery disease or heart disease?
- Has anyone had bypass surgery or undergone a procedure to have blockages in their arteries opened?
Your answers to these questions and others will help your physician determine your risk level for cardiovascular disease and whether gathering more information through tests may be beneficial.
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