Prevalence of myocardial infarction over a 10-15-year period in the USA has decreased in midlife men but increased in women, with a decrease in the excess cardiovascular risk of men compared with women.

Although initiatives such as the red dress campaign have substantially increased awareness of the mortality risk for women with coronary heart disease, the belief remains common that women in their midlife years are at an overall lower risk than men of the same age. Although much attention has been directed towards a better appreciation of the infl uence of… CONTINUE READING