Transitions across a lifetime: Unique cardiovascular physiology of women and relationship to cardiovascular disease risk

Juliana M. Kling, Virginia M Miller, Sharon L. Mulvagh

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Abstract

Mortality from cardiovascular disease for women exceeds that of men. This health disparity reflects differences in economic, environmental and psychosocial factors but more importantly the lack of basic knowledge in differences of cardiovascular physiology between men and women that drives surveillance and treatment guidelines for women. Sex differences in disease frequency and presentation are due to sex chromosomes, as well as activational and organizational effects of the sex steroid hormones. This chapter addresses how two conditions unique to women, pregnancy and menopause, affect cardiovascular function and therefore, types, frequency, and expression of cardiovascular pathologies in women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntegrative Biology of Women's Health
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages141-155
Number of pages15
Volume9781461486305
ISBN (Print)9781461486305, 1461486297, 9781461486299
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Estrogen
  • Hormone
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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