Harvard Heart Letter

Throughout life, heart attacks are twice as common in men than women

Research we’re watching Experts still aren’t sure why heart attacks are more common in men than in women. But differences in risk factors (such as high cholesterol) do not explain the contrast, new research suggests. The study included nearly 34,000 people (about half of whom were women) in Norway who had a heart attack between 1979 and 2012. Researchers found that throughout life, men were about twice as likely as women to…

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