Trends in Recurrent Coronary Heart Disease Following Myocardial Infarction Among US Women and Men Between 2008 and 2017.

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  • Background: Rates for recurrent coronary heart disease (CHD) events have declined in the US. However, few studies have assessed whether this decline has been similar among women and men. Methods: Data were used from 770,408 US women and 700,477 US men <65 years of age with commercial health insurance through MarketScan and ≥66 years of age with government health insurance through Medicare who had a myocardial infarction (MI) hospitalization between 2008 and 2017. Women and men were followed for recurrent MI, recurrent CHD events (i.e., recurrent MI or coronary revascularization), heart failure hospitalization, and all-cause mortality (Medicare only) in the 365 days post-MI. Results: From 2008 to 2017, age-standardized recurrent MI rates per 1,000 person-years decreased from 89.2 to 72.3 in women and from 94.2 to 81.3 in men (multivariable-adjusted p-interaction by sex<0.001). Recurrent CHD event rates decreased from 166.3 to 133.3 in women and from 198.1 to 176.8 in men (p-interaction<0.001). Heart failure hospitalization rates decreased from 177.4 to 158.1 in women and from 162.9 to 156.1 in men (p-interaction=0.001). All-cause mortality rates decreased from 403.2 to 389.5 in women and from 436.1 to 417.9 in men (p-interaction=0.82). In 2017, the multivariable-adjusted rate ratios (95%CI), comparing women with men were 0.90 (0.86, 0.93) for recurrent MI, 0.80 (0.78, 0.82) for recurrent CHD events, 0.99 (0.96, 1.01) for heart failure hospitalization, and 0.82 (0.80-0.83) for all-cause mortality. Conclusions: Rates of recurrent MI, recurrent CHD events, heart failure hospitalization, and mortality in the first year after an MI declined considerably between 2008 and 2017 in both men and women, with proportionally greater reductions for women than men. However, rates remain very high and rates of recurrent MI, recurrent CHD events and death continue to be higher among men than women.
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  • Circulation  Journal
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  • sex differences
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  • Peters SAE; Colantonio LD; Dai Y; Zhao H; Bittner VA; Farkouh ME; Dluzniewski P; Poudel B; Muntner P; Woodward M