Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.


Journal Article (Review)

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in American women. Since 1984, the annual cardiovascular disease mortality rate has remained greater for women than men; however, over the last decade, there have been marked reductions in cardiovascular disease mortality in women. The dramatic decline in mortality rates for women is attributed partly to an increase in awareness, a greater focus on women and cardiovascular disease risk, and the increased application of evidence-based treatments for established coronary heart disease. This is the first scientific statement from the American Heart Association on acute myocardial infarction in women. Sex-specific differences exist in the presentation, pathophysiological mechanisms, and outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction. This statement provides a comprehensive review of the current evidence of the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, treatment, and outcomes of women with acute myocardial infarction.

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Cited Authors

  • Mehta, LS; Beckie, TM; DeVon, HA; Grines, CL; Krumholz, HM; Johnson, MN; Lindley, KJ; Vaccarino, V; Wang, TY; Watson, KE; Wenger, NK; American Heart Association Cardiovascular Disease in Women and Special Populations Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research,

Published Date

  • March 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 133 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 916 - 947

PubMed ID

  • 26811316

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26811316

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4539

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000351


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States