Enduring stereotype means women are missing out on cardio care

Women are missing out on cardiovascular assessments and treatment because of a stereotype that they are at lower risk than men, according to Australian researchers.  

Women are 12% less likely to be screened for smoking status by GPs, with smaller differences recorded for blood pressure and cholesterol status, according to the study of more 53,000 patients from 60 GP practices.

The gender gap appears to be age-related, with younger women aged 35-54 being 37% less likely than younger men to receive blood pressure medications, statins or antiplatelets.