Features November 2008 Issue

Invasive Treatment Benefits Men and High-Risk Women with Heart Disease

New research shows procedures such as cardiac catheterizations may not be as risky for women as previously thought.

An invasive approach is frequently used to treat heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. according to the American Heart Association (AHA), but while it has been found to benefit men it has been viewed as risky for some women. Now a recent study suggests that this approach can benefit women who are at high risk of adverse outcomes. "Itís proof that a cookie-cutter approach doesnít work with heart disease," says Leslie Cho, MD, director of Cleveland Clinicís Womenís Cardiovascular Center.

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