Dr. Saks explains why critical heart disease studies are conducted more often on men than women and if this is changing.
Well in the past, heart disease was largely thought to be a man’s disease, probably because men, in general, start to have heart disease earlier than women do, although that is changing and being more recognized that certain women are in a higher risk category and can have heart disease even starting in their 30s or 40s, especially if they are diabetic or have very high cholesterol or certain family history.
So that is something we’re learning about now, but currently we’re seeing a change where a lot of, some of the research studies are now including women, and some are being done exclusively in women to see if they respond the same way to certain treatments and medications.
About Dr. Saks, D.O.:
Dr. Shani S. Saks joined the Arizona Heart Institute in September 2005, following a three-year invasive cardiology fellowship at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Saks completed her undergraduate and Master of Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she graduated Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Saks continued her medical education by completing an internal medicine residency at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, where she served as Chief Medicine Resident. Dr. Saks is a Certified Internist by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Due to significant and premature heart disease in her own family, Dr. Saks has a strong commitment to patient education, reducing risk of heart disease, preventative medicine and women’s health. Dr. Saks provides services at the Arizona Heart Institute location in central Phoenix.
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