On waiting list for hearts, adjusted death risk for women is higher

09/24/2013 | Healio (free registration)

The unadjusted one-year survival rates for heart transplant candidates on waiting lists were 73% for men and 70% for women, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America. But after accounting for age and other factors, women were at 10% greater risk of death or severe illness. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators and other ventricular assist devices may be underused among women, researchers found.

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