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December 25, 2002

Acute Coronary Syndromes: Does Sex Matter?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University, New York, NY.

JAMA. 2002;288(24):3161-3164. doi:10.1001/jama.288.24.3161

In 1960, the American Heart Association (AHA) sponsored a conference in Portland, Ore about women and cardiovascular disease (CVD) entitled "How I Can Help My Husband Cope With Heart Disease." Today, recognizing that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women older than 50 years, the AHA now routinely holds conferences about heart disease in women, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health devote substantial attention to this area.