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Curriculum sections: 2.8 (Acute Coronary Syndromes) and 2.9 (Chronic Ischaemic Heart disease).
Learning objectives: outline the differences in the presentation patterns, clinical characteristics, behavioural characteristics and clinical outcomes relating to gender and coronary heart disease (CHD). This will incorporate the following:
Knowledge: understand the benefit of cardiovascular interventions in women in comparison with men in both the acute and chronic presentations of CHD. Delineate the data reflecting the need for more research into women and heart disease, coupled with more patient and physician education.
Skills: learn the presentation patterns and gender-specific issues related to patients presenting with CHD.
Behaviours and attitudes: discuss the preconceived ideas around gender and heart disease, emphasising the need for enhanced assessment of women with heart disease.
The importance of coronary heart disease (CHD) as a disease of both genders tends to be underappreciated,…