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GPs must give ‘more aggressive’ treatment to women with AF than men

GPs have been urged to treat women with atrial fibrillation ‘more aggressively’ than men after it was found that women with the condition are more likely to have a heart attack, stroke and even die as a result.

Researchers from the University of Oxford found that women with the condition were twice as likely to have a stroke and had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death overall than men after they conducted a meta-analysis of 30 previous papers.

Cause was not identified in the study, but the researchers suggest that women with atrial fibrillation may be undertreated compared with men and call for clinicians ‘to consider more aggressive treatment of risk factors in women with atrial fibrillation’.

The study concluded: ‘Allocation of public health resources for prevention and treatment of atrial fibrillation shou

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