Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

Circulation. 2016 Mar 1;133(9):916-47. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000351. Epub 2016 Jan 25.


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in American women. Since 1984, the annual cardiovascular disease mortality rate has remained greater for women than men; however, over the last decade, there have been marked reductions in cardiovascular disease mortality in women. The dramatic decline in mortality rates for women is attributed partly to an increase in awareness, a greater focus on women and cardiovascular disease risk, and the increased application of evidence-based treatments for established coronary heart disease. This is the first scientific statement from the American Heart Association on acute myocardial infarction in women. Sex-specific differences exist in the presentation, pathophysiological mechanisms, and outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction. This statement provides a comprehensive review of the current evidence of the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, treatment, and outcomes of women with acute myocardial infarction.

Keywords: AHA Scientific Statements; cardiovascular diseases; coronary disease; myocardial infarction; women.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Heart Association*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*
  • Myocardial Infarction / epidemiology*
  • Myocardial Infarction / therapy
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Characteristics*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Women