We know that more men than women have atrial fibrillation, but that women have a higher rate of strokes and death. In fact, women account for about 61% of stroke deaths.
Recent research at Rush University Medical Center identified nine specific gender differences between women and men who have atrial fibrillation. Those included that women have a higher incidence of stroke and death, higher risk of life-threatening arrhythmias due to hormones, sensitivity to statin drugs and others, and failure to receive blood thinners (Coumadin®, warfarin) and afib treatments such as ablation. Each difference has implications for the management and treatment of women with atrial fibrillation. Read more at: