While the rate of men’s death due to cardiovascular disease has dropped over the past few decades, the same isn’t true for women. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of mortality among women, responsible for a third of deaths. Recent research to explain the gender difference found that in a group of men and women with high blood pressure, women had 30 to 40 percent more vascular disease. This suggests that hypertension may be more likely to cause cardiovascular disease in women and that the same treatments might not be equally effective for both sexes.

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