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Blood pressure control has greater effect on women than men

January 25, 2011
Women have greater potential for preventable and reversible heart disease than men when they are able to lower their blood pressure, according to the January issue of the journal Hypertension.

An international research team tracked 9,357 women and men - with an average age of 53 - in Europe, Asia and South America for more than a decade. The researchers found that when their blood pressure is reduced, the proportion of preventable heart disease is almost 36 percent in women and 24 percent in men.

Conversely, when women experience increased blood pressure, their risk of heart disease was found to be greater than for men. "We found that a 15 mm Hg increase in systolic blood pressure [when the heart contracts] increased the risk of cardiovascular disease by 56 percent in women, compared to 32 percent in men," said Dr. Jan A. Staessen, director of the Studies Coordinating Center at the University of Leuven in Belgium.

Thomson Reuters ranks North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, among the top 100 hospitals for cardiovascular care, the only New York hospital to make the list among teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs. The hospital is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
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