April 5th, 2010

The gender line

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Say what you will about Mars and Venus, but anatomically, male and female hearts look the same. When healthy, both should be about the size of a fist. Both have three main coronary arteries, the large blood vessels that wrap around the outside of the heart, supplying blood, oxygen and nutrients to keep each one pumping properly…

 

"When it comes to acute heart attacks and sudden death [from cardiac arrest], women have these kinds of events much more often without any obstructions in their coronary arteries," says Dr. Amir Lerman, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

 

LA Times, by Kendall Powell, 4/5/2010

Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Amir Lerman, heart deaths

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