8- The Gender Gap in Heart Disease

8- The Gender Gap in Heart Disease - Disease: Lessons From...

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Disease: Lessons From Eastern Europe Gerdi Weidner, PhD and Virginia S. Cain, PhD 400 Fall 2009
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Declining Life Expectancy in Europe In most developed countries, life expectancy is going up. For Eastern Europe, it has actually gone down. Eastern Europe also has the widest gender gap. For women it is 71 years; for men it is 58 years. These are working men in middle age. Why is life expectancy so low for men?
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A dramatic increase in heart disease has occurred Does not appear to be attributable only to traditional coronary risk factors and lifestyle variables Ie. Smoking rates are similar between men from Eastern and Western Europe Differences seem to be more psychosocial
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Destiny Differences in male-to-female mortality ratios between Eastern and Western European countries are larger than those between men and women within either of the countries. Gender differences in traditional
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