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Female physicians better at treating risk factors for heart disease

Physician Practice Advisor, March 28, 2007

A study presented at the American College of Cardiology scientific meeting suggests female physicians do a better job of checking for risk factors for heart disease than their male counterparts, Reuters reports.

Researchers reviewed records of about 6,600 patients treated by primary care physicians for high blood pressure between 2002 and 2005. Roughly 71% of doctors were men and 29% were women. Results indicated that female physicians were better than men in treating fellow women with high blood pressure and cholesterol, and they also were more successful at helping men control cholesterol.

Researchers hypothesized that better communication skills may play a role in female physicians' success in reaching treatment goals.

Click here to read the Reuters report.