Some recommended cardiovascular medications prescribed less
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Women receiving treatment in primary care received some cardiovascular medication prescriptions at a lower rate than men, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Lifestyle changes, including maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, being physically active, eating a healthy diet, controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing high blood sugar, can lower heart disease risk. For some people, however, medication also may be necessary to reduce risk.

Previous research among heart attack survivors found that women were less likely to receive recommended medications in a hospital setting. In this study, researchers wanted to understand whether this occurs even earlier, in primary care and among patients at high risk or with existing cardiovascular disease.

A systematic review of two large medical databases was conducted to find studies with data showing the number of cardiovascular-disease prescriptions among men and women. Researchers looked specifically for studies with data on statin prescriptions, which lower cholesterol; aspirin, which decreases the risk of blood clots; and blood-pressure lowering medications, including ACE-inhibitors and diuretics.

A total of 43 international studies with data on primary-care prescriptions among more than 2.2 million patients (28% women; average age 51-76 years) who were at risk for heart attack were evaluated. Among the findings, the analysis indicates women received:

-- 19% fewer aspirin prescriptions than men;
-- 10% fewer statin prescriptions than men; and
-- 15% fewer ACE-inhibitor prescriptions than men.
However, women were 27% more likely than men to be prescribed diuretics.

“Patients should talk with their physicians about the benefits of using heart disease medications and weigh them against the potential risks,” Researchers said.

Source: https://newsroom.heart.org/news/some-recommended-cardiovascular-medications-prescribed-less-frequently-to-women
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