Women's heart attacks are different than men's

September 26, 2011

Angiograms, which are the gold standard for detecting blocked arteries, don't always reveal blockage in women. Researchers say plaque tends to grow differently in men and women.

The blocked arteries were detected in a procedure known as intravascular ultrasound.

Experts say the study in Circulation shows the benefits of additional imaging to find a plaque disruption when it occurs and correctly diagnose the reason for heart attacks in these women.

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