The importance of gender in cardiovascular health

A new academic paper looks at the role of gender in cardiovascular health. Credit: University of Melbourne

The role of gender has been largely neglected despite playing a critical role in cardiovascular health, University of Melbourne academics have highlighted in Circulation.

The paper, which appears in a special “Go Red for Women” edition, details how socialisation affects the trajectory of girls,” boys,” women’s and men’s health behaviours and ultimately their cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.

“In the context of the #metoo movement, there is renewed focus on gender specific issues such as sexual harassment at work and violence against women,” said lead author and University of Melbourne academic Dr. Adrienne O”Neil.

“Yet these are rarely considered in the context of CV disease prevention.”

Citing numerous studies, the paper argues that gender can interact with…

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