Women more likely to have poorer outcomes following aortic surgery
A new study now finds that women fare worse than men following aortic heart surgery.
The study, published in February 2019's sex-themed issue of Circulation, found if you're a woman, you're twice as likely to experience a stroke or death following surgery.
The study found that women are 80 per cent more likely to die, 90 per cent more likely to experience a stroke, and 40 per cent more likely to experience a complication.
Speaking about the study, lead author of the study Dr. Jennifer Chung said, “We controlled for patients' age, weight, pre-operative health, co-morbidities, and when we took all of that into consideration, going into aortic arch surgery, you're slightly less than twice as likely to die if you're a woman.”
"Historically, this issue has not been well addressed," Dr. Chu said, adding, "Sex-specific considerations are paramount in cardiovascular medicine, and we investigated this in the largest study to-date, looking at outcomes after thoracic aortic surgery.”
An aortic dissection is an emergency, and can initially present like a heart attack or a stroke. Symptoms include sudden chest pain, dizziness, nausea and challenges walking and speaking.
She added, “We have discovered an unfortunate phenomenon that will hopefully lead us down a path of more personalised medicine.” (ANI)
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