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Diagnosis of heart disease often comes late for women

Women with heart disease are usually diagnosed at an older age and with more comorbidities than men, and consequently high operative risks may mean women are less likely than men to undergo complex arterial revascularization procedures, according to a study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Health care providers might not evaluate women with heart disease as aggressively as they do men, but newer diagnostic tools, such as coronary CT and myocardial perfusion imaging, could improve odds of early diagnosis, the researchers noted.

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