Why heart attacks kill more women than men

Heart disease is the leading cause of death of adults worldwide — and that’s even truer for women.

Women are more likely to die from heart failure than men, according to new research out of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

“There are known sex-based differences in the risk factors, presentation and management of heart disease,” the study authors write in their paper, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Looking at data from 90,000 heart failure patients between 2009 and 2014, researchers found that 16.8 percent of women died within a year of diagnosis, compared with just 14.9 percent of men.

Scientists also found that the female patients were generally “older and frailer” than their male counterparts. (A Harvard report says that the average age of a first heart attack for a woman is 72, compared with 65 for men.)

These results are just the latest example of how heart disease affects women differently than men.

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