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Taking a Look Around the World 

Taking a Look Around the World
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Taking a Look Around the World
Author(s):

Uma N. Srivatsa

and Amparo C. Villablanca

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199321971.003.0013
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date: 22 October 2019

The leading cause of death among men and women in the United States and globally is cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the largest single cause of death among women, accounting for one-third of their deaths worldwide. This chapter discusses coronary artery disease and subsequent arrhythmias in women, with a focus on ethnic differences in South Asian populations; the global burden of arrhythmias in women, with an emphasis on ventricular arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, and inflammatory arrhythmias due to Chagas disease among others; valvular and nonvalvular atrial fibrillation; and channelopathies, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, and long QT syndrome. We hope to encourage a broader and sex-based approach to our understanding of the global perspective of conduction disorders and arrhythmias in women.

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