Healthcare aims to provide comprehensive care that is equitable, evidence-based and person-centred for all patients. However, it is well known that cardiovascular health disparities exist in relation to gender. Significant differences have been reported in major cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure and coronary artery disease to the prejudice of women, including underrecognition of symptoms, underrepresentation in clinical trials and the provided treatment not according to evidence-based standards. At the same time, women are experiencing a lower quality of life and more symptoms of anxiety and depression compared with men. However, with the paradox of women, especially in the heart failure population, demonstrating better survival. Evidence in atrial fibrillation (AF) reports similar conclusions, demonstrating underrecognition of symptoms and disparities in treatment options such that rhythm control strategies will less likely be applied in women compared with men.1 AF being considered the most prevalent heart rhythm disorder, however, can potentially cause significant symptoms requiring application of rate and/or rhythm control strategies in patients.
- atrial fibrillation
- patient outcomes