Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

Noel Bairey Merz
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“Because women don’t look like men, they don’t look like that male-pattern heart disease that we’ve spent the last 50 years understanding … they’re not recognized for their heart disease.” (C. Noel Bairey Merz)

Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don’t know about women’s heart health — including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they’re often missed).

C. Noel Bairey Merz is director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, where she is a professor of medicine. Full bio »

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