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Heart disease, Coronary artery disease, Women, Gender bias



  1. Miracle, Vickie A. EdD, RN, CCRN, CCNS, CCRC


There is a large media effort currently available to increase awareness of coronary artery disease in women. Despite this, there is still a misconception among some people, and unfortunately, some healthcare providers, that heart disease is a man's disease. This article will review some of the information about women and coronary artery disease; a short review of the literature, symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment pertinent to women; and the action nurses can take to help educate the public, and other healthcare providers, about this deadly threat.