Clogged arteries pose different dangers for men, women

Source: USA Today

Not all clogged arteries are created equal, with women and men facing different heart risks even when they have the same amount of coronary plaque, a new study suggests.

Analyzing the results of coronary CT angiographies — non-invasive tests that look for coronary artery blockages — in 480 patients with acute chest pain, scientists from the Medical University of South Carolina found that the risk of major cardiac events was significantly higher in women when they had a large amount of plaque buildup and extensive hardening of the arteries.

On the other hand, men faced greater risks of heart attack or coronary bypass surgery when their arteries contained “non-calcified plaque,” fatty deposits that accumulate deep in artery walls.

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