Cardiovascular disease in women
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Cardiovascular disease in women

Christopher Nicholson Cardiac nurse specialist – heart failure, Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, Preston

This article provides an overview of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. It considers cardiovascular risk, investigations and treatment. Gender bias, controversies and current debates are highlighted. Issues concerned with access to cardiac health care, equality and public policy are also considered. The author concludes that CVD in women is under-recognised, often by women themselves, and therefore raising the profile of this disease in women should be a health priority.

Nursing Standard. 21, 38, 43-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.


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