Mortality rate from heart failure higher in women than men

September 24, 2018

(HealthDay)—Despite decreases in overall heart failure incidence and mortality in ambulatory patients from 2009 to 2014, mortality rates remain higher in women than in men, according to a study recently published in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

Louise Y. Sun, M.D., from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in Canada, and colleagues identified 90,707 patients diagnosed with in an ambulatory setting in Ontario (April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2014). Sex differences in heart failure incidence, mortality, and hospital admission were assessed.

The researchers found that, among patients diagnosed with heart failure, women were more likely to be older and frailer than men. Comorbidities differed between males and females. Over the study period, the incidence of heart failure decreased in both sexes, as did the mortality rate. However, mortality remained higher in women than men, with a female age-standardized mortality rate of 89 per 1,000 in 2009 and 85 per 1,000 in 2013 versus a male age-standardized rate of 88 in 2009 and 83 in 2013. The rates of incident heart failure hospital admissions after failure diagnosis decreased in men and increased in women during the study period.

"Further studies should focus on sex differences in health-seeking behavior, medical therapy and response to therapy to provide guidance for personalized care," the authors write.

Explore further: Death rates from heart failure higher for women than men

More information: Abstract/Full Text

Related Stories

Death rates from heart failure higher for women than men

July 16, 2018
Death rates from heart failure are higher for women than men, and hospitalization rates have increased in women while declining in men, found a study from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute published in CMAJ (Canadian ...

Ischemic heart disease, CHF mortality vary across VA systems

May 21, 2018
(HealthDay)—Risk-standardized mortality rates for ischemic heart disease (IHD) and chronic heart failure vary across Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs), according to a study published online May 16 in JAMA Cardiology.

Protease inhibitors may worsen outcomes for HIV + heart failure

August 1, 2018
(HealthDay)—Ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor (PI) therapy is associated with worse outcomes, including death, in patients with HIV and heart failure, according to a study published in the July 31 issue of the Journal ...

No higher cancer risk seen for heart failure patients

April 12, 2018
(HealthDay)—Heart failure is not associated with an increased risk of cancer, according to a study published in the April 10 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

CDC: Heart failure mortality up 2012 through 2014

January 4, 2016
(HealthDay)—The age-adjusted mortality rates from heart failure decreased from 2000 to 2012 but increased from 2012 through 2014, according to a December data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Overall cancer mortality rates decreasing for men and women

July 19, 2018
(HealthDay)—Cancer incidence rates have decreased among men but remained stable among women, while cancer death rates are decreasing for both men and women, according to a report published in the July 1 issue of Cancer.

Recommended for you

Study of two tribes sheds light on role of Western-influenced diet in blood pressure

November 14, 2018
A South American tribe living in near-total isolation with no Western dietary influences showed no increase in average blood pressure from age one to age 60, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg ...

Heart failure patients shouldn't stop meds even if condition improves: study

November 13, 2018
(HealthDay)—There's bad news for heart failure patients with dilated cardiomyopathy who'd like to stop taking their meds.

Bypass beats stents for diabetics with heart trouble: study

November 13, 2018
(HealthDay)—People with both diabetes and multiple clogged heart arteries live longer if they undergo bypass surgery rather than have their blood vessels reopened with stents, according to follow-up results from a landmark ...

Kawasaki disease: One disease, multiple triggers

November 12, 2018
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and international collaborators have evidence that Kawasaki Disease (KD) does not have a single cause. By studying ...

New treatment significantly reduces cardiovascular events when combined with statins

November 12, 2018
Statins are the most commonly used treatment for cardiovascular disease. Despite reducing certain risk factors, if triglyceride levels remain high with use of statins, there is still a significant risk for heart attack, stroke ...

Study: How vitamin D and fish oil affect risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer

November 12, 2018
For years, it's remained an open question: What effects do dietary supplements such as high doses of vitamin D or omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil have on the risk of diseases such as heart attack, stroke and cancer? ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.