The Gender Gap in Heart Disease

The Gender Gap in Heart Disease

Charts like this one are widely disseminated and used in countless presentations on the topic:

The graph demonstrates that over the last few decades the number of women dying from heart disease has been significantly higher than men dying from heart disease. The number of men dying from heart disease exceeds women in almost every age group. If the risk of death between men and women varies by a factor of two in the 35 to 64 age group, is it cause for alarm if men are worked up for heart disease at different rates by their doctors?


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