Magdalena Niedziela, Małgorzata Wojciechowska, Artur Mamcarz, Agnieszka Cudnoch-Jędrzejewska


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Coronary artery disease in women Medycyna Faktów 2016; 4(33): 340-343. DOI:



Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death both in men and in women. An increasing body of evidence suggests that there are significant differences in the pathophysiology, presentation, optimal diagnostic strategies and therapeutic procedures between women and men with CAD. A lot of common risk factors are claimed to have greater impact on the development of CAD in women. Active diagnostics and effective treatment of psychiatric disorders in women is also very important. Less specific symptoms manifested by women, a higher baseline risk of complications because of their older age and comorbidities, underestimation of the female cardiovascular risk, and following guidelines based on the research conducted on men all result in worse prognosis in women than in men with CAD. The article aims to present the current knowledge about sex and gender differences in CAD, demonstrating the areas that require further research, and underlining the need for increased doctors’ awareness of the different course of CAD in women.