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Do women or men tend to live longer with heart failure

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Women, in general, survive longer with heart failure. Doctors aren’t sure why, but it could be because men generally have a more serious underlying medical condition, such as coronary heart disease as opposed to high blood pressure. The tradeoff for living longer with heart failure is that women usually are less able to exercise, are in the hospital more often, and are more likely to be depressed.

SOURCES:

University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands: “Differences between men and women with heart failure.”

American Heart Association: “Women & Cardiovascular Disease: Statistical Fact Sheet 2015 Update,” “Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics,” “Common Myths About Heart Disease.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Heart Disease: Differences in Men and Women.”

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease: “Congestive Heart Failure,” “Heart Failure: Symptoms in Women, Objective 1.”

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : “Heart Failure: Women Different than Men,” "Reproductive Factors and Incidence of Heart Failure Hospitalization in the Women’s Health Initiative.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors,” “Heart failure.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women,” “Heart failure in women.”

Revista Espanola de Cardiologia (Spain): “Heart Failure: Are Women Different?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Failure in Women.”

European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: “Gender differences in patients with heart failure.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 05, 2017

SOURCES:

University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands: “Differences between men and women with heart failure.”

American Heart Association: “Women & Cardiovascular Disease: Statistical Fact Sheet 2015 Update,” “Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics,” “Common Myths About Heart Disease.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Heart Disease: Differences in Men and Women.”

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease: “Congestive Heart Failure,” “Heart Failure: Symptoms in Women, Objective 1.”

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : “Heart Failure: Women Different than Men,” "Reproductive Factors and Incidence of Heart Failure Hospitalization in the Women’s Health Initiative.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors,” “Heart failure.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women,” “Heart failure in women.”

Revista Espanola de Cardiologia (Spain): “Heart Failure: Are Women Different?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Failure in Women.”

European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: “Gender differences in patients with heart failure.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 05, 2017

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