Heart Changes Based on Gender

Dispatch Heart

January 2016

Heart health is an important factor for any patient. However, researchers are realizing that maintaining a strong heart does not require a one-size-fits-all approach, at least when it comes to gender. Using cardiac MRI, researchers determined that the left ventricle of the heart, which is a predictor of cardiac health, develops differently in men and women as they age. Nearly 3,000 patients received cardiac imaging during a 10-year span. During this time, the mass of the left ventricle in male patients increased by eight grams per decade; women only gained 1.6 grams. Growth of mass is problematic because that means the heart tends to pump less blood. Researchers noted that these findings make a strong case for factoring in a person’s gender when approaching cardiac events such as heart failure.

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