Heart Disease: Women’s Risks Often Misunderstood
Doctors Often Misread Women's Heart Disease Risks, Fail to Treat Appropriately
Women Undertreated for Heart Disease continued...
Researchers say the study shows that PCI is much more than a fancy procedure
that simply relieves symptoms, like chest pain.
"The fact is that PCI can prevent coronary blockage from getting worse
and causing future heart attacks," says researcher Alexandra Lansky, MD,
director of clinical services for interventional cardiology at Columbia
University Medical Center in New York City. "If done early, within 48 hours
after heart attack or angina (chest pain) the odds of dying or having future a
future heart attack will be reduced by 54%."
"Simply because women are at higher risk of dying from heart attack,
they also stand to benefit the most from these procedures," says