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Vitamin E and Cardiovascular Health:  Does Sex Matter?

Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc
JAMA. 2005;294(1):107-109. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.107.
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The critical importance of preventive medicine for all people has long been recognized, as documented in the writings of Hippocrates and Osler.1 Moreover, in preventive health, it is clear that sex matters, as the 2001 Institute of Medicine report concluded after reviewing the basis for biological differences in health.2

The goal of preventing cardiovascular disease is similar in men and women. However, the strategies and recommendations to achieve this goal differ, as exemplified in the 2004 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women.3 Although it is increasingly well known and appreciated that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both women and men, it is also true that researchers are increasingly discovering sex differences in how cardiovascular disease may be prevented and treated.

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