Women's heart attacks are different than men's

September 25, 2011 10:00:00 PM PDT
New research is detailing how potentially thousands of women can have heart symptoms have an angiogram and be sent home without the proper treatment.

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.