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A call for a gender specific approach to address the worldwide cardiovascular burden

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Nahid Azad ,

Department of Medicine, Geriatric Assessment Unit, University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, 1053 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ont., K1Y 4E9, CA
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Sania Nishtar

Heartfile, One Park Road, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, PK
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Abstract

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) among non-communicable diseases are already a major public health challenge worldwide. A further increase in CVD is projected to occur over the next 25 years as a result of both adverse lifestyle changes and demographic shifts in the population age profile. The adverse impact of these health problems will affect women in particular, given the steady rise in the proportion of the aging population that will be women.

The critical issue presently in the management of CVD is that we are not even adequately using the data that are available. Women still remain unaware that they are at risk, and information about women is not easily accessible to their physicians. This is a global issue and the need remains for worldwide initiatives with greater vigilance to identify these factors and make efforts to control them effectively.

Currently, in scientific research, it is expected that the results of clinical research be analyzed for sex differences, sex- and gender-appropriateness, and sex- and gender-specific approaches for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and counseling. To address the care discrepancy, the global community needs to develop a conducive environment within a comprehensive policy and operational framework to achieve favorable lifestyles, and CVD risk factor reduction for both men and women.

How to Cite: Azad N, Nishtar S. A call for a gender specific approach to address the worldwide cardiovascular burden. Global Heart. 2005;1(3):223–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.precon.2005.10.003
Published on 01 Sep 2005.
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