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Under-diagnosis leaves women at higher risk of dying from heart diseases

27 January 2021

During the 2nd Annual Cardiovascular Conference held at the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi, speakers noted that one in four middle-aged adults in Pakistan is living with a cardiovascular disease. Even though men and women are equally susceptible to developing heart disease - the leading cause of death in the country - the risk of dying or becoming severely unwell from a heart disease is largely underestimated in women due to under-diagnosis and under-treatment. "Gender matters in the manifestation of heart diseases," said Dr Saira Bukhari, Assistant Professor of cardiology in AKU. "Awareness of the differences in clinical presentation of heart diseases among men and women is the key to tackling the burden of disease in the country."