Women live longer – but not healthier – lives than men

Audiences for my women’s heart health presentations are mostly female, but sometimes women will bring along their hubbies, too. One such man came up to speak to me following one of my  recent public talks. He told me in quite a stern tone that he thought all this focus on women and heart disease was “far too negative!” What I should concentrate on instead, he advised me, was the more positive fact that women live longer than men do.

Setting aside his patronizing petulance at learning the actual grim reality about women’s heart health, it turns out that he’s quite correct. But although women do generally live longer, our waning years may be far less healthy than men experience in their old age.    Continue reading “Women live longer – but not healthier – lives than men”